Psych Department gains junior, senior hires

March 24, 2003
Two psychology professors who left Yale for tenured positions at Vanderbilt University will rejoin the Yale department as senior professors this fall. The department will also add a new junior professor from Cornell University, making it the department’s second junior hire this semester. Married couple Woo-kyoung Ahn and Marvin Chun will return to Yale after »

With strike, tensions rise for GESO

March 6, 2003
While many members of the Graduate Employees and Students Organization believe this week’s strike will aid in their quest for a union, some graduate students say GESO’s tactics do more to hurt their cause than help it. Many GESO members have gone on strike this week to protest the University’s opposition to graduate student unionization, »

New Comp Lit hires widen dept’s W. European focus

March 5, 2003
With recent hires at both the senior and junior level, the Comparative Literature Department is expanding beyond its historically Western European focus and taking a broader academic approach. Alexander Beecroft, who is currently finishing up doctorate work at Harvard University, will join the department next fall as a junior professor, comparative literature chairman Michael Holquist »

Int’l studies to add new course offerings next fall

March 4, 2003
The International Studies program will increase its course offerings starting next year, Director of Undergraduate Studies James Vreeland said. The program, which is offered as a second major, will begin offering its own courses geared toward history and political science, anthropology, economics and sociology, and science and technology. Currently, students in the major must take »

Review to be released in April

February 26, 2003
The committee conducting Yale’s academic review plans to solicit faculty and student feedback when it makes its report public this April, committee members said. The Committee on Yale College Education met for five hours Sunday to review a draft of the report, which included sections written by each of four working groups. The committee plans »

Profs prepare to make adjustments during strike

February 21, 2003
With a union and teaching assistant strike set for the beginning of next month, some professors said they plan to move classes off campus or provide discussions to compensate for cancelled sections. With a vote of 482 to 141, members of the Graduate Employees and Students Organization authorized a teaching and research strike Wednesday, and »

Review eyes increase in faculty size

February 18, 2003
An increase in ladder faculty members and changes in the undergraduate advising system are under consideration as members of the Committee on Yale College Education head into a major meeting this weekend. The 41-member committee, led by Yale College Dean Richard Brodhead, is in the final stages of writing recommendations as part of Yale’s academic »

GESO to vote on strike Wednesday

February 17, 2003
The Graduate Employees and Students Organization will determine in a strike vote Wednesday afternoon whether teaching and research assistants strike in early March. During a strike, TAs would not hold sections, attend classes or conduct research in Yale buildings, GESO leaders said. The vote will come a week after Yale’s two largest unions, locals 34 »

Environment major garners mixed reviews

February 14, 2003
Environmental studies, which was recently designated a separate major, has received mixed reviews from students as it completes its evolution to a full-fledged curricular program. The environmental studies major became a standalone major in 2001, when it was converted from studies in the environment, which functioned only as a second major. Students in the major »

History of Art to try out new required seminar

February 13, 2003
With a new junior seminar requirement, history of art majors may soon engage in some “community building.” Next spring, History of Art Director of Undergraduate Studies Timothy Barringer will teach a seminar focusing on the methodology of art history. Starting in the 2004-05 school year, the class is likely to become a requirement for junior »

Fellowship created to honor Sanders

February 11, 2003
Between her sophomore and junior years, Stacey Sanders ’98 spent the summer in Florence — a trip that family members said she recalled fondly. More than a year after Sanders died in the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks on the World Trade Center, Sanders’ family have recalled her experiences in Italy to establish a fellowship in »

Harvard reports slight drop in grades

February 5, 2003
More than a year after a newspaper investigation turned up evidence of massive grade inflation at Harvard University, the school announced last month that its average grades fell slightly in 2001-2002. The drop in grades followed an October 2001 report in the Boston Globe that found that 91 percent of Harvard undergraduates received honors upon »