This summer the Misericordia University administration made deep cuts to university staff and promise significant cuts to faculty are coming this fall. Then the Board of Trustees resolved to suspend the awarding of tenure. The faculty grieve that there is #NoMercyAtMis
What do these decisions mean to the Misericordia community?
Read on to hear stories from those affected…
- We were made to believe all was wellIt’s devastating that the school I’ve devoted my life to devalues me, my colleagues, our work, and as a result, our students. We never had a chance to work collaboratively with administration to address concerns. We were made to believe all was well. It’s like a bad marriage.
- I used to be proud to work hereIt was a sucker punch. The weekly town-hall meetings over the summer now feel like such a waste of time–a distraction to keep us occupied, to drain our energies so that we couldn’t fight back when the administration dropped this bomb. The past five months have sucked my soul away, and I can never regainContinue reading “I used to be proud to work here”
- I have never stopped mourning the deteriorating soul of MUI love MU. I miss MU. But that MU is gone… at the moment. Former staff member I was laid off permanently from the University — and while I ultimately came to terms with it on a personal level, I have never stopped mourning the deteriorating soul of MU at the hands of an ineptContinue reading “I have never stopped mourning the deteriorating soul of MU”
- There is a time to fight for our beloved Misericordia. That time is now.This you need to know. I have been a proud faculty member at Misericordia for a very long time but I am no longer proud of the institution to which I have given so much of my life. I thankfully have tenure so, unlike some of my friends, I will keep my job and IContinue reading “There is a time to fight for our beloved Misericordia. That time is now.”
- An ominous messageThe suspension of awarding tenure sent an ominous message that foretells of a change in Misericordia’s culture. Tenure ensures our freedom and without it the university’s standing will plummet, as scholars will not apply for faculty positions and many of our scholars will leave. The unanimous decision tells me everything about what the board valuesContinue reading “An ominous message”
- The tenure system is under fireWe have been assured that the Institution has enjoyed financial success over the last several years. In fact, we have run surpluses. As the result of a global pandemic we have been asked to make sacrifices, learn new skills and take health risks for the good of the university. We have administrators who make twiceContinue reading “The tenure system is under fire”
- The faculty condemn these actions in a loud and unified voice“Your words and deeds must match if you expect employees to trust in your leadership.” Kevin Kruse The events of this last week have negatively impacted my view of, and my work at, an institution where, like many other faculty, I have dedicated by career. Prior to October 23, 2020, some of the MU facultyContinue reading “The faculty condemn these actions in a loud and unified voice”
- I am pained for MisericordiaI am pained by the actions of the Board and the administration. I am pained because these actions are an attack on the very faculty who go beyond their contractual responsibilities, especially during a pandemic, and an attack on the very values of academia: the exchange of free ideas in the pursuit of higher learning.Continue reading “I am pained for Misericordia”
- No longer homeI was shocked and angry upon hearing the news. The mechanism by which it was shared was the work of cowards. I can no longer say that I am proud to be part of the institution. There is no trust. There is no loyalty . There is no mercy. There is no service to othersContinue reading “No longer home”
- A betrayal of the University’s valuesI believe that the proposed faculty cuts and the suspension of tenure are over-reactions to the challenges posed by the pandemic, and that they will have a deeply negative affect on the University by firing or hurting some of our most talented and generous members of the faculty. These are the very people whose hardContinue reading “A betrayal of the University’s values”