In Egypt, Harsh Measures Against Academic Freedom Persist

Mohamed Abdel Salam / 23 May 2017 / Opinion

A prominent group of human rights lawyers reports on severe restrictions on academic freedom in the first quarter of 2017.

Egyptian Universities Abuse Disciplinary Codes to Squeeze Student Freedoms

Mahmoud Shalabi / 14 Apr 2017 / Opinion

Egyptian universities are meting out punishments that far outweigh student infractions in an apparent attempt to keep a tight lid on student activism, the author says.

Traveling With The Respect You Deserve

Maha Bali / 07 Apr 2017 / Opinion

An Egyptian academic reflects on how people react to her when she travels and on the latest indignity, the U.K. and U.S. laptop ban.

UAE Jails Economist: The Silence is Deafening

Ursula Lindsey / 05 Apr 2017 / Opinion

A court has sentenced economist and human rights advocate, Nasser Bin Ghaith, to ten years in jail over his Tweets. The “bubble universities” are quiet.

An Essay on Teaching: Designing Assessments, Part 2

Azzah Awwad, Maha Bali / 17 Feb 2017 / Opinion

In the second part of their essay, the authors discuss feedback, growth and attitude towards failure.

An Essay on Teaching: How to Design Assessments

Azzah Awwad, Maha Bali / 04 Feb 2017 / Opinion

Ideas from a faculty workshop at the American University in Cairo encourage fresh thinking about supporting student progress.

The Miscarriage Penalty

Jessica Winegar / 04 Jan 2017 / Opinion

The culture of silence surrounding miscarriage adds a further strain to the ability of female faculty members to succeed in academe, the writer says.

Writing Academic Books When You’re Not an Academic

Noah Berlatsky / 25 Sep 2016 / Opinion

Academic publishing is more open to nonacademics than ever … but economics forces work against those who don’t have a steady salary.

Deep Generation Gap: Arab Professors Vs. Students

Ursula Lindsey / 20 Sep 2016 / Opinion

Professors have long grumbled about the quality of students, and students about rigid professors, but the tension between them is now especially high.

Why Most Academics Will Always Be Bad Writers

Noah Berlatsky / 29 Jul 2016 / Opinion

No one should be surprised if much scholarly writing continues to be mediocre and confused.