Thursday, August 23, 2007
I'm not sure this week's Chronicle of Higher Education intended to run these stories next to each other in the faculty section:
- The Right to Romance: A psychology professor explains why universities should not try to forbid relationships between students and teachers.
Paul R. Abramson is a happily married, 57-year-old psychology professor at UCLA. He says he has never had a serious romantic relationship with one of his students. Nevertheless, Mr. Abramson doesn't think universities have any business telling professors whom they can date. In 2003, UCLA's Academic Senate did precisely that, joining a growing list of universities that have banned romance between professors and students. Mr. Abramson says the rules violate faculty members' constitutional rights. "The right to romance," he says, is protected by the Ninth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. ... The professor lays out his arguments in a book due out this fall called Romance in the Ivory Tower: The Rights and Liberty of Conscience (MIT Press).
Mr. Abramson talked to The Chronicle about the issues by telephone from his home outside Los Angeles.
Q. Have you ever dated a student?
A. I was 26 when I came to UCLA. I dated students, I dated faculty, I dated staff.
- Life After Tenure Denial: Before you appeal, for the sake of your sanity and your bank account, consider all the reasons why you shouldn't.