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Crimson staff writer

Karl M. Aspelund

Karl. M Aspelund covers the Faculty of Arts and Sciences Administration for the 143rd guard.

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University Hall

An Autopsy of General Education

Deemed “failing on a variety of fronts,” Harvard College’s core curriculum was doomed to start.

Non-Ladder Faculty

In Flux: Non-Ladder Life at Harvard

For the Faculty of Arts and Sciences’ many lecturers, Harvard can be a pit stop riddled with job insecurity and uncertainty for what comes next.


Opportunity in Crisis: Selling the Humanities

As universities nationwide experience a crisis in the humanities, Harvard embarks on its first major fundraising campaign for the arts.

Minority Faculty at FAS
Central Administration

Few in Number, Harvard's Minority Faculty Face Additional Burdens

While Harvard has institutionalized a hiring process designed to draw in more a racially and ethnically diverse faculty, some professors say there is more work to do to improve the work environment for those faculty after they enter Harvard’s gates.


Semester’s Final Faculty Meeting Focuses on Gen Ed Criticisms

While Faculty members largely said they agree with the founding principles of the program, they denounced the program for counting departmental courses for Gen Ed credit.

University Hall

Among Harvard’s Faculty, ‘Women Are Still Pioneers’

Though the environment for women faculty at Harvard has improved over the past 20 years, many say that there is still room for improvement.


Proposal Would Change Faculty Council Election Procedures

If approved, the new system would replace a proportional representation system created in the fall of 1969, according to a proposal distributed to the Faculty in advance of their meeting Tuesday.

Faculty Contributions Feature

Harvard Faculty Donate to Democrats by Wide Margin

Eighty-four percent of campaign contributions made by a group of 614 Harvard faculty, instructors, and researchers between 2011 and the third quarter of 2014 went to federal Democratic campaigns and political action committees.


Claudine Gay Named Next FAS Social Science Divisional Dean

Gay joined the Government department in 2006 and is currently its director of graduate studies. She will take over the deanship from Sociology professor Peter Marsden on July 1.

Harvard Teaching Campaign Petition

Harvard Teaching Campaign Petition

Supporters of the Harvard Teaching Campaign proceed through the Yard before submitting a petition to cap section sizes at 12 students to Massachusetts Hall.

Harvard Teaching Campaign Petition

Teaching Campaign Delivers Section Cap Petition to Mass. Hall

At the time of delivery, the petition had garnered 2,273 signatures, with 1,103 undergraduates, 685 graduate students, 113 faculty members, and 81 alumni as signatories.

Divest Harvard: Faith Day

Faculty for Divestment Brings Advocacy to Classrooms

Twenty members of Harvard Faculty for Divestment have agreed to speak about divestment to their students amid demonstrations by activist group Divest Harvard.


Med School Postdocs Criticize Health Benefits Changes

Nearly 70 Harvard Medical School postdoctoral fellows, professors, and administrators signed a letter expressing concern that the University’s new health benefits plan may disproportionately burden postdocs.


Harvard Reaches Gender Parity in Junior Faculty Hires

Harvard’s total number of junior faculty hires has reached gender parity across the University for the first time ever.


Total Cost To Attend College Will Surpass $60,000

The total cost of attendance will increase by 3.5 percent to $60,659 next year, continuing to surpass the national inflation rate.