As hundreds of new students enter life at Washington University, an entire department of professors is learning the ins and outs of the University as well. The sociology department, re-formed this semester after a nearly 25-year hiatus, currently consists of three professors, all new or returning inhabitants of St. Louis: David Cunningham, Jake Rosenfeld and Adia Harvey Wingfield. Each has unique expectations for the department and for the University.
The Big History Project, an international education initiative funded by Bill Gates that intends to provide a comprehensive history of the universe and humanity in a cohesive curriculum, features several notable scientists and historians, including Washington University professor of biology Ursula Goodenough.
Larry Shapiro, the executive vice chancellor and dean of the Washington University School of Medicine, announced that he will be stepping down from those positions when his replacement is found.
A close vote of 138-111 determined the future for adjunct professors at Washington University, who will move forward with the decision to unionize.
Adjunct faculty members at Washington University have submitted a petition to form an adjunct union, which would lead to higher wages and increased job security for the part-time instructors.
After 26 years at Washington University, Vice Chancellor for Students Sharon Stahl has announced her coming retirement for the end of the academic year.
After 17 years at Washington University, Jill Carnaghi left her role as assistant vice chancellor for students and director of campus life late last June.
As finals approach, a new book by two Washington University professors has advice for students: put down the textbook and pick up the flash cards. Henry “Roddy” Roediger III and Mark McDaniel, Washington University professors of psychology, had together conducted several years of research into the best ways to learn.
The rumors are true: Kit Mao, supervisor of General Chemistry Laboratory classes, will be retiring at the end of the summer. Mao has been a fixture of general chemistry since 2002, when she first took on the position—although she has been working at Washington University since the late 1980s, when she started teaching University College courses.
[UPDATE: 11:20 p.m. Jan. 28] Professor Julie Singer took second place on “Jeopardy!” Tuesday, eliminating her from the competition but adding $2,000 to her total winnings over her two-day stint on the game show. Singer, who teaches French at Washington University, won $30,000 on Monday for the episode she actually filmed last November. [ORIGINAL POST:] […]