I 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 hard work to serve students throughout the pandemic has kept the University going. These actions and the manner in which they have been done are a betrayal of the University’s values. They will also cause serious harm to the educational mission of the University.
It is deeply demoralizing to find out that the VPAA has known for months of the plan to suspend awarding tenure, and withheld this information.Senior faculty member
We have tried as a faculty to work with the VPAA for three years. I have advocated among my faculty colleagues for an open and cooperative relationship with University administration. It is deeply demoralizing to find out that the VPAA has known for months of the plan to suspend awarding tenure, and withheld this information. He withheld this information even as he was working with members of the faculty who engaged with him in good faith on questions that pertained directly to a tenure application process this semester that he knew would be suspended.
Making decisions about the educational future of the University without the input of the faculty is a grave error, and will not safeguard the University’s future.