September/October 2023 | Vol. XXXVI No. 1

Advancing Racial Equity After the End of Affirmative Action

On June 29, in a 6-2 decision, the Supreme Court banned the use of applicants’ race in university admissions with the argument that doing so is discriminatory and involves racial stereotyping, among other reasons.

Contract with the Graduate Student Union

Graduate students are core partners with the faculty in the research and teaching activities of the Institute – we on the faculty explore and learn alongside them.

From The Faculty Chair
The Faculty Chair: A Job Description (2.0)

Over the last year, several people have asked me what the chair of the faculty does.

With the GSU Contract, A New Future for Graduate Workers at MIT

On Labor Day, the MIT Graduate Student Union (GSU) publicly announced our plans to strike in an email to graduate students and communicated our intent to escalate a strike threat.

Curious About Curiosity Unbounded

I was intrigued by the theme “Curiosity Unbounded” for President Sally Kornbluth’s inauguration, a theme she continued in her podcasts with recently tenured faculty at MIT.

Civil Discourse in the Classroom and Beyond

In its 2024 College Free Speech Rankings, FIRE (the Foundation for Individual Rights and Expression) ranked MIT 136th.

A Brief History of the Origins of the Faculty Newsletter as it Marks its 35th Anniversary

This past March marked the 35th anniversary of the “zeroth” issue of the MIT Faculty Newsletter (FNL).

Nominate a Colleague as a MacVicar Faculty Fellow

Provost Cynthia Barnhart is calling for nominations of faculty as 2024 MacVicar Faculty Fellows.

Congratulations on Reaching a First Contract Agreement

As faculty members who have studied and been directly involved in labor-management relations for many years, we are very proud of the good work done by the MIT administration, the MIT Graduate Student Union . . .