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Bacow Confident in Harvard’s ‘Process Improvements’ Following Domínguez Report

University President Lawrence S. Bacow said Harvard has been  “putting processes in place” to improve its procedures for vetting University leadership candidates after an external review found a Government professor was repeatedly promoted despite a record of sexual harassment.

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FAS

Economics Professor Isaiah Andrews Awarded Clark Medal

Professor of Economics Isaiah S. Andrews won the John Bates Clark Medal earlier this month for his contributions to the field of econometrics.

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On Campus

Two-Thirds of Non-Tenure-Track Faculty Say FAS Does Not Provide Them Enough Support

Two-thirds of non-tenure-track respondents to The Crimson’s annual faculty survey said they believe the Faculty of Arts and Sciences does not provide enough support to non-tenure-track faculty.

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FAS

Sciences Dean Stubbs Says Federal Science Funding Could Increase, Denies ‘Academic Espionage’ at Harvard

Dean of Science Christopher W. Stubbs said in an interview that funding for scientific research has the potential to increase under the Biden administration. Stubbs also objected to the notion that there is “academic espionage” on Harvard’s campus.

Harvard Falling in Higher Ed
Central Administration

Forty Percent of Surveyed Faculty Say Harvard’s Standing in Higher Ed Has Fallen

Over 40 percent of respondents to The Crimson’s survey of Harvard’s Faculty of Arts and Sciences said they believe the University’s standing within higher education has fallen during the past decade.

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FAS

Four Harvard Affiliates Awarded Guggenheim Fellowships

Four Harvard affiliates were among the 184 recipients of the prestigious Guggenheim Fellowship, an annual award recognizing exceptional scholarly and artistic achievement, the Guggenheim Foundation announced Thursday.

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Faculty

While Most Surveyed Faculty Satisfied with Transition to Remote, 80% Say Virtual Learning Less Valuable for Students

Eighty percent of surveyed members of the Harvard Faculty of Arts and Sciences said they think a remote semester is not as valuable as an in-person semester for students, with 43 percent of respondents indicating “strong” disagreement.

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FAS

80% of Surveyed Harvard Faculty Say FAS Lacks Healthy Level of BIPOC Faculty Representation

Eighty percent of surveyed members of the Harvard Faculty of Arts and Sciences said FAS does not have a healthy level of BIPOC representation within its ranks, including 50 percent of respondents who strongly disagreed that the faculty is sufficiently diverse.

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Central Administration

Bacow Defends Harvard’s Tenure Process Following Cornel West’s Decision to Depart

University President Lawrence S. Bacow declined to provide details on the circumstances that led to the departure of Cornel R. West ’74, citing confidentiality policies, but defended Harvard’s existing tenure process in a Thursday interview.

Petros Koumoutsakos
Sciences Division

Koumoutsakos Appointed Institute of Applied Computational Science Director

Professor of Computing in Science and Engineering Petros Koumoutsakos, who joined Harvard faculty this semester, assumed the directorship of Harvard’s Institute for Applied Computational Science.

The Past, Present, and Future of Violence
Harvard Law School

Harvard Professors Help Found Nonprofit Committed to Academic Freedom

Eighteen Harvard affiliates — including Cornel R. West ’74, Steven A. Pinker, and Ronald S. Sullivan Jr. — signed on as founding members of a new nonpartisan nonprofit that officially launched Monday, the Academic Freedom Alliance.

Cornel West
FAS

Harvard Reversed Course And Offered Cornel West Consideration for Tenure After Public Outcry, He Says

In an interview with The Crimson, Professor Cornel R. West ’74 said Harvard changed course following public pressure and offered to consider him for tenure, but the fact that this reversal came only after external scrutiny merely solidified his decision to leave the University.

Faculty Parents Covid
FAS

With Virtual Instruction, Faculty Juggle Teaching, Research, Diapers, and Daycare

Mathematics associate senior lecturer Dusty E. Grundmeier first noticed headlines circulating about the novel coronavirus at the start of the spring 2020 semester. He immediately became concerned that the spreading virus would drastically alter the course of the spring semester.

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FAS

Harvard Professors Allen, Kamensky Help Develop Roadmap for U.S. Civics Reform

Educating for American Democracy — a team of more than 300 academics and educators with Harvard professors Danielle S. Allen and Jane Kamensky on its executive committee – outlined plans to reform the civics curriculum in the United States on Monday.

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College

Black Womxn Deans Discuss Diversity in Women’s Week Panel

Three Harvard administrators who were appointed in 2020 to lead diversity and inclusion efforts at the University gathered to discuss their work at a panel discussion hosted by the Harvard College Women’s Center Wednesday afternoon.

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