- University Life Bustling in Qatar- Inside Higher Ed announced that enrollment in master’s courses at University College London-Qatar will begin in August 2012. UCL’s program focuses on archaeology and museum studies in the region. While six American universities – Northwestern, Georgetown, Carnegie Mellon, Cornell, Texas A&M and Virginia Commonwealth – and one French business school, HEC Paris, are already part of Hamad bin Khalifa University, this is the first program of its scope in Quatar.
- Occupy Tenure-Track Positions- The Chronicle of Education reports that non-tenure-track professors plan on taking the upcoming MLA convention in Seattle as an opportunity to protest against income disparity, poor labor conditions, and lack of health insurance, amongst other complaints. The movement started with a twitter feed called OccupyMLA. While OccupyMLA has 315 followers, it is still unclear whether the group will Occupy the convention or not. The twitter feed discusses ideas such as “wearing paper clips on their collars and drawing O’s on their conference badges so they can identify one other,” but there are all kinds of tweets and no specific action plans seems to have been made.
- History Job Market Bounces Back- Inside Higher Ed announced that the job market for those with graduate degrees in history is looking better, according to a recent report done by the American Historical Association. The report showed that there were 10.2% more jobs listed with the association in 2010-2011 than in the previous year. However, there were still only 627 jobs posting, in comparison with the 1,064 posted before the recession. These numbers have continued to spark arguments over whether or not students should be discouraged from getting PhDs.
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