read, heed, shake it up on social media — and sign the petition
I’m sitting at my desk today watching the reactions and commentary about the situation at Mount St. Mary pour in via Twitter and Facebook. In case you haven’t read about it yet: here’s the latest. Those of us who recognize the value of tenure, still believe there is a place for respectful disagreement in higher ed, and want better things for our own students and institutions are a bit speechless (which would be a wise strategy if you were at Mount St. Mary). Horrified and shocked and saddened seem the most common emotions.
I’m guessing that this drama isn’t over yet. I expect lawsuits, alumni protest (at least the president can’t fire them), and hopefully, some response from the college’s Board of Trustees. But in the meantime I think we faculty and administrators at other institutions need to do three things.
The first is to engage in some self-education. …
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