Colleen Flaherty

Colleen Flaherty, Reporter, covers faculty issues for Inside Higher Ed. Prior to joining the publication in 2012, Colleen was military editor at the Killeen Daily Herald, outside Fort Hood, Texas. Before that, she covered government and land use issues for the Greenwich Time and Hersam Acorn Newspapers in her home state of Connecticut. After graduating from McGill University in Montreal in 2005 with a degree in English literature, Colleen taught English and English as a second language in public schools in the Bronx, N.Y. She earned her M.S.Ed. from City University of New York Lehman College in 2008 as part of the New York City Teaching Fellows program. 

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June 30, 2020
Professors across institutions increasingly wave red flags about the private and public health implications of default face-to-face instruction come fall, along with a lack of shared decision making in staffing and teaching decisions.
June 25, 2020
In a new article in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, a group of 17 scholars warns that COVID-19 will widen the equity gap in research for women and other underrepresented groups for years to come.
June 25, 2020
Sixty-nine professors of law at George Washington University, current and emeritus, are calling for the investigation, censure and resignation of Attorney General William Barr, a 1977 alumnus of the law school. The letter is signed by 80 percent of full-time faculty with governance voting privileges, across political lines.
June 23, 2020
Campus labs are starting to open back up, with personnel testing social distancing protocols ahead of the fall semester.
June 23, 2020
The University of Michigan at Flint laid off 41 percent of its 300-person lecturer pool, according to the Detroit Free Press. University administrators are reportedly preparing for a budget shortfall of $8.4 million in the coming year. The university system anticipates a loss of up to $1 billion.
June 23, 2020
The American Association of University Professors’ governing council voted to censure Pacific Lutheran University for alleged violations of academic freedom, it announced Monday. The council also voted to remove Clarkson College of Nebraska from its censure list after 17 years.
June 22, 2020
Two black scholars say UVA denied them tenure after belittling their work and their contributions to their fields, erring in procedure along the way.
June 22, 2020
Laney College in California put a professor of mathematics on leave for asking a student with a Vietnamese name to “anglicize” it to make it less “offensive” and less like “an insult in English,” Newsweek reported. The email exchange between the professor, Matthew Hubbard, and the student, Phuc Bui Diem Nguyen, has been circulating on social media.
June 19, 2020
Adjunct faculty members teaching even one course may contribute to a retirement savings plan offered at 83 percent of institutions and 75 percent of college and university systems, according to a new research brief by the TIAA Institute.
June 18, 2020
New study argues that the class-size debate needs a lot more nuance. Will this finally move conversations forward, beyond “small is good” and “big is bad”?


January 7, 2019
Racist comments directed at a scholar at a disciplinary meeting floor classicists in the room. Some see it as a major setback for a historically exclusionary field that is trying hard to change.
February 26, 2015
Large-scale walkouts were few during National Adjunct Walkout Day, but dozens of campuses saw protests. Organizers say events brought new attention to poor wages and working conditions for those off the tenure track.
January 2, 2014
Judge upholds new Florida rules that would link evaluation of professors to such factors as learning gains and job placement.  
October 25, 2013
Oct. 25, 2013 -- Inside Higher Ed's 2013 Survey of College and University Human Resources Officers explored the views of chief human resources officers on wellness-related penalties, adjuncts and health care, and ignorance about retirement, among other topics. The survey was conducted in conjunction with researchers from Gallup. Inside Higher Ed regularly surveys key higher ed professionals on a range of topics. A copy of the report can be downloaded here. On Nov. 13, Inside Higher Ed conducted a free webinar to discuss the results of the survey. Editor Doug Lederman and Sabrina Ellis of George Washington University analyzed the findings and answered readers' questions. To view the webinar, please click here. The Inside Higher Ed survey of chief HR officers was made possible in part by advertising from TIAA-CREF.
November 20, 2012
At one community college, the national health-care law would have assured adjuncts access to health insurance, but the institution is cutting their hours to avoid the requirement.
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