Megan Zahneis


Megan Zahneis is a sophomore journalism and interactive media studies double-major with plans to minor in disability studies. She is from a suburb of Cincinnati, Ohio and served as a staff writer and senior staff writer at The Miami Student before becoming a news editor. She hopes to parlay her interests in narrative nonfiction, memoir and in-depth reporting into a career as a writer.

Report reveals shift in higher education

Tenure system key to quality, AAUP says By Megan Zahneis, News Editor  Full-time tenured faculty numbers are down 26 percent in the past 40 years, and the number full-time tenure-track faculty has diminished by half, according to an annual report released Monday by the American Association of University Professors (AAUP). The 14-page “Annual Report on the Economic Status of the Profession, 2015–16: Higher Education at a Crossroads” outlines the trends in academic workforce composition and suggests several methods of achieving a more equitable balance. The author of the report, Washington D.C.-based AAUP senior researcher John Barnshaw, said restoring the...

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ASG petition protests new meal plan, garners 2,700 signatures in four days

By Megan Zahneis, News Editor An Associated Student Government-sponsored online petition protesting a new meal plan policy, to be implemented for fall 2016, has garnered 2,700 signatures since going live Monday afternoon. In January, university administration announced an overhauled meal plan system, which will affect current and incoming first-year students. Housing Options, Meals and Events (H.O.M.E.) office director Brian Woodruff said the changes were spurred by several years of feedback from students and parents, specifically pertaining to the Diplomat plan, which institutes a $1,625 program assessment fee that must be paid by all students living on campus. The new...

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Seniority for LCPL faculty on horizon

By Megan Zahneis, News Editor Non-tenure-track faculty members at Miami may soon have another opportunity for advancement within the university ecosystem. The university has been hiring more instructors who are not research-focused, often at lower salaries. But those instructors — called lecturers, clinical and professionally licensed faculty, or LCPL — have  in the past had only one promotion opportunity. A committee has been commissioned by University Senate’s Executive Committee to explore the possibility of adding a second promotion point for LCPL faculty, who currently may apply for “senior” status by submitting a dossier during or after their fifth year...

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Dependence on contingent faculty erodes MU mission

Professor, second class  _ First in a series By Megan Zahneis, News Editor  John-Charles Duffy can’t get off his hamster wheel. Last fall, after four years of teaching in Miami’s Department of Comparative Religion, Duffy was promoted from visiting assistant professor (VAP) to instructor. That’s a step up in salary and job security. But it’s still not the tenure-track position he’s hoped for since earning his Ph.D. in 2011. To have a chance at tenure — that is, career-long job security — at Miami or another institution, he’ll have to make original contributions to knowledge in his field. But...

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Prospective president earns high praise

By Megan Zahneis, Senior Staff Writer Brett Milam | The Miami Student Gregory P. Crawford’s friends and colleagues say he’s energetic, innovative and ambitious. He stood out as an administrator and professor at the University of Notre Dame and, before that, at Brown University. Now he’s returning to his home state of Ohio to be Miami University’s next president. The Board of Trustees announced Thursday morning that Crawford had been named as the finalist to succeed current president David Hodge. Crawford comes to Miami from Notre Dame, where he most recently served as Professor of Physics and Vice President...

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