A Shoreline Community College professor, Troy Wolff, 46, died yesterday of stab wounds after trying to protect his partner from a knife-wielding stranger. Kristin Ito, 30, was attacked in Pioneer Square in Seattle. She is in critical condition. Police have arrested a man.
“This is an unbelievably tragic loss,” Interim President Daryl Campbell said, in a statement. “Troy was loved by students, loved by his fellow faculty members, loved by all who knew him.”
Wolff chaired the English department at the college, where he’d taught since 1996.
A psychology professor’s assignment — wear a gay pride ribbon and write about the experience — didn’t infringe on students’ rights, concluded an investigation at Columbia State Community College in Tennessee. Dr. Linda Brunton wanted students to experience prejudice against gays, reports the Columbia Daily Herald.
The Alliance Defending Freedom charged Brunton violated students’ First Amendment rights and discriminated on the basis of religion.
The investigation found:
◆ There was no evidence that Brunton “brushed off” some students’ concerns that their religious convictions prohibit them from showing support for “unnatural and immoral” gay conduct;
◆ The gay pride ribbon assignment was not mandatory, and students who objected were given options;
◆ Only four of the 43 students received a grade of zero. Two of them “who allegedly received a zero because of their religious beliefs” turned in an optional assignment that they knew was not written according to instructions.
One student who turned in an optional paper got a zero for the assignment, but an overall class grade of A.
Brunton’s comments in class could have showed “more sensitivity,” but were within the bounds of academic freedom, the report concluded.
Pasadena City College‘s “porn professor,” Hugo Schwyzer will go on leave after his “sexts” with a porn actress were posted online, reports the Pasadena Star-News.
The actress, identified as Christina Parreira, by therealpornwikileaks.com, said Schwyzer asked her to participate in a threesome with him and porn actor James Deen.
. . . Deen spoke to Schwyzer’s PCC class, “Navigating Porn,” in February. Schwyzer, 46, admitted sexting Parreira, 27, and acknowledged sending explicit photographs.
In a Facebook exchange between the actress and Schwyzer, she offered to have sex with him in front of his class and film it.
“Perfect,” Schwyzer replied. He went on to explain how his students would love to watch.
On his blog, Schwyzer said he’d stopped taking medication for bipolar disease, which “came back with a vengeance.” Teaching the pornography class was a “trigger” that led him to extramarital affairs, he added.
Schwyzer had already earned the hatred of many feminist groups after admitting having inappropriate relationships with many of his students when he first began teaching at PCC. He also published an account of a 1998 episode in which when he tried to kill himself and his girlfriend. Schwyzer deleted the blog post after it went viral, but republished it on his blog this week to “answer a lot of questions.”
Schwyzer said none of his recent affairs involved PCC students.
In a series of manic tweets, Schywzer confessed to dishonesty, narcissism, sexism and a lot more. “I will never teach women’s studies or gender studies again,” he tweeted. “If I can get well and beat this, I will teach my Western Civ courses.”
A math professor who told students to sign pledges to vote for President Obama’s re-election should be fired, President James Richey advised the Brevard Community College Board of Trustees.
Sharon Sweet, an associate professor of mathematics with tenure at the Florida college, is “guilty of electioneering, harassment, and incompetence,” concluded a report based on a three-month investigation.
“Professor Sweet strongly encouraged or mandated that students from several classes sign a pledge card that stated, ‘I pledge to vote for President Obama and Democrats up and down the ticket.’ She also misrepresented her intentions to multiple students, indicating at various times that she was conducting voter registration for the college, that the pledge cards were non-partisan voter registration forms, and that the pledge was a ‘statistical analysis.’”
Sweet created a hostile environment for students, who told investigators they feared she’d lower their grades if they refused to sign the pledge.
Jill Biden’s $82,o00 a year salary as a community college professor — revealed by a look at her husband’s tax returns — has amazed adjuncts, who thought she was one of their own, reports Inside Higher Ed. Though Biden started as an adjunct, she’s now an associate professor teaching three developmental English classes at Northern Virginia Community College. The college says she works full-time, keeps office hours and attends faculty meetings. With 15 years experience teaching at Delaware Technical Community College, she earns an above-average salary.
Jack Longmate, a member of the New Faculty Majority and an adjunct faculty member who teaches at Olympic College, said he wished Biden would use her visibility to highlight the “plight of adjuncts.”
. . . “there is a dysfunctional two-tiered system in place in our colleges and it impacts the quality of instruction. I wish she brought attention to that. ”
Despite her full-time teaching job, Biden has been visiting community colleges with U.S. Labor Secretary Hilda Solis to promote partnerships between industries and community colleges. Yesterday, she spoke at Reading Area Community College in Pennsylvania with Under Secretary of Education Martha Kanter.
In January, Vice President Joe Biden raised academic hackles by blaming rising college costs of faculty pay. “Salaries for college professors have escalated significantly,” he said in Pennsylvania. “They should be good, but they have escalated significantly.” Perhaps he was speaking from personal experience: His wife pay nearly doubled when she went from teaching two courses per semester as an adjunct to three as an assistant professor.