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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January 24, 2020
Babson College is facing new pressure to reinstate the staffer and adjunct faculty member it terminated earlier this month over his joke about Iran.
January 23, 2020
Scholar makes argument in favor of race-based research into intelligence, but experts in that subfield say it's an unnecessary plea that doesn't square with scientific realities.
January 23, 2020
Texas A&M chancellor suggests that Harvard researchers have an anti-red meat agenda.
January 21, 2020
AAUP finds that Pacific Lutheran violated an adjunct professor and advocate's rights in effectively dismissing her for offering private lessons to a student who asked for them.
January 21, 2020
The American Historical Association sent a letter to the National Archives over the long weekend, objecting to the agency’s decision -- now reversed -- to alter a picture of the 2017 Women’s March in Washington. The image, captured by photographer Mario Tama, clearly shows signs critical of President Donald Trump. But the photo recently appeared in an exhibition on women’s voting rights at the archives with Trump’s name and other words blurred.
January 20, 2020
McGill professor resigns over university's repeated votes to keep investing in fossil fuels.
January 20, 2020
Seth Lloyd, the Nam Pyo Suh Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Physics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, says allegations that he hid the late sex offender Jeffrey Epstein’s identity as a donor from the institution are “completely false.” MIT announced earlier this month that Lloyd is on paid leave for deliberately failing to rep
January 20, 2020
James Peterson resigned as a professor of English and Africana studies at Lehigh University during a 2018 investigation into his alleged sexual misconduct, and he was hired less than two years later as an adjunct instructor at Millersville University of Pennsylvania, according to
January 17, 2020
A former cancer researcher at Stony Brook University pleaded guilty this week to using $225,000 in grant funding for personal expenses, including his home mortgage, according to Newsday. Geoffrey Girnun, who was an associate professor of pathology at Stony Brook’s medical school until resigning in December, admitted to theft of $78,000 in government funds as part of a plea deal.
January 17, 2020
Dixie State University has reached a settlement with Varlo Davenport, a former professor of theater who said he was wrongfully terminated after a student accused him of pulling her hair. Davenport said the 2014 incident was part of a classroom exercise. Two faculty bodies that reviewed the case agreed. Davenport filed a $20 million civil lawsuit in 2017 after a jury found him not guilty of assault in a related criminal case.


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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