Now Hiring: State Reporter

The James G. Martin Center for Academic Renewal is seeking an entry-level professional with a background in public policy and/or journalism. A state reporter at the Martin Center is responsible for advancing the organization’s mission through writing, reporting, and research. This is a writing-intensive position. The state reporter will report to the associate editor, Shannon … Continue reading “Now Hiring: State Reporter”


Public Comment to the UNC Board of Governors

On Thursday, May 27th, Jenna Robinson submitted the following public comment to the UNC Board of Governors: Dear Chairman Ramsey and Board of Governors Members, I am writing to urge you to continue taking roll call votes during UNC Board of Governors meetings, including committee meetings. Although roll call votes were implemented as a necessary … Continue reading “Public Comment to the UNC Board of Governors”


Statement on Media Criticism of Nikole Hannah-Jones

Contact: Jenna A. Robinson, president Some members of the media have alleged that external criticism of Nikole Hannah-Jones, including criticism by the Martin Center, influenced the UNC-Chapel Hill Board of Trustee’s decision not to confer tenure. That is not correct. The Board of Trustees made its decision prior to the Journalism School’s announcement that Hannah-Jones … Continue reading “Statement on Media Criticism of Nikole Hannah-Jones”


Martin Center Opposes Biden Rule on Critical Race Theory

Last week, Jenna A. Robinson, president of the James G. Martin Center for Academic Renewal, submitted a letter to the U.S. Department of Education opposing “The Biden Rule,” a directive that would make critical race theory a priority in grant competitions.  Dr. Robinson asked Education Secretary Dr. Miguel Cardona to withdraw “Proposed Priority 1—Projects That Incorporate … Continue reading “Martin Center Opposes Biden Rule on Critical Race Theory”


The Martin Center Urges Federal Legislators To Reject The Civics Secures Democracy Act

Jenna A. Robinson, president of the James G. Martin Center for Academic Renewal, has co-signed an open letter to Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) and Representative Tom Cole (R-OK) regarding their support for the Civics Secures Democracy Act. The letter, written by members of the National Association of Scholars’ Civics Alliance, urges these legislators to withdraw … Continue reading “The Martin Center Urges Federal Legislators To Reject The Civics Secures Democracy Act”


Martin Center Publishes “Blueprint for Reform: Affirmative Action” Policy Paper

The James G. Martin Center for Academic Renewal has published its seventh paper in the “Blueprint for Reform” series, “Blueprint for Reform: Affirmative Action.” Affirmative action is framed as a way to end discrimination and promote equality. However, it has led to unequal treatment of students on the basis of race, gender, economic status and national origin. … Continue reading “Martin Center Publishes “Blueprint for Reform: Affirmative Action” Policy Paper”


The Martin Center Supports the National Association of Scholars’ Civics Alliance Project

Jenna A. Robinson and George Leef, president and director of editorial content for the James G. Martin Center, respectively, have signed the National Association of Scholars’ Open Letter and Curriculum Statement in support of The Civics Alliance project. The Civics Alliance formed with support from education reformers, policymakers, and citizens of the United States who wish … Continue reading “The Martin Center Supports the National Association of Scholars’ Civics Alliance Project”


Martin Center Publishes Report About Viewpoint Diversity On North Carolina Campuses

Raleigh, NC—The James G. Martin Center for Academic Renewal has published a new paper by Dr. George R. La Noue, “Political Reality on North Carolina Campuses: Examining Policy Debates and Forums with Diverse Viewpoints.” The paper provides an overview of political and intellectual diversity on college campuses, student perceptions of campus free speech, as well … Continue reading “Martin Center Publishes Report About Viewpoint Diversity On North Carolina Campuses”


Martin Center Publishes Report on Gag Orders in Academia

Raleigh, NC—Stephen Baskerville, PhD, who has worked more than 30 years in universities in the United States and Europe, has authored a new report for the Martin Center entitled “Scholastic Gag Orders: NDAs, Mandatory Arbitration, and the Legal Threat to Academics.” The publication focuses on two methods that colleges and universities use to rid themselves of the … Continue reading “Martin Center Publishes Report on Gag Orders in Academia”


Martin Center publishes “Blueprint for Reform: Trigger Warnings” policy paper

Raleigh, NC—The James G. Martin Center for Academic Renewal has published its sixth paper in the “Blueprint for Reform” series, “Blueprint for Reform: Trigger Warnings.” Trigger warnings are framed as helpful tools for students, when in fact they present a number of negative externalities. This new paper recommends steps that policymakers can take to protect … Continue reading “Martin Center publishes “Blueprint for Reform: Trigger Warnings” policy paper”