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 I can speak freely without worrying about losing it. But I grieve for my colleagues and for a Misericordia that no longer exists. The central tenets of our mission and charisms have been shattered. There is no mercy and justice for staff and faculty who have been terminated. There is no mercy and justice for faculty who have worked hard for 6 years, in good faith, to meet the requirements for tenure only to be denied it at the last minute. There is no mercy and justice for faculty on the tenure track who now have no idea if tenure will ever be a reality for them. There is no mercy and justice for non tenure-track faculty who have no guarantee of due process and can be terminated at any time.
The central tenets of our mission and charisms have been shattered.
The message to full-time faculty, who show tireless commitment to their students, their academic departments, their scholarship, and their university, is that we are disposable, easy to replace with adjunct faculty in the service of greater “flexibility.” The message to students is that mulch and marketing and buildings are more important than their education. And with the suspension of tenure the message to the world is that we are no longer a thriving and reputable university. We might as well be a widget factory. I am sad and angry, as are so many of my colleagues. In her first message to the MU community President Owens opined about how there is “a time for everything.” Well, there is a time to fight for our beloved Misericordia. That time is now. This you need to know.