Wednesday, September 17, 2014
In comments to the previous post, references were made to the College of Education and its vote of no confidence in their dean. I have no idea what goes on in the College of Ed. However, what I do have is twenty-seven plus years of history here at UT. Please allow me a little story. Once Upon a Time there was a college of Arts and Sciences. and, if memory serves me correctly after two years of searching for a new dean, the search committee sent three names up to President Jacobs. He insisted a fourth name be added to the list. The Committee believed the fourth candidate was not suitable for the position. Of course you can guess who became the next dean of A & S. While a very nice person, he seemed in over his head. Then, similar to what Education has done, the Council of Arts and Sciences voted no confidence in the dean who was subsequently removed. An interim dean, from the outside, who had done little if any college teaching was named. In addition the President initiated the Arts and Sciences Roundtable led by an outside consultant, Robert Zemsky. There were over forty people involved from all walks of life. The summer and fall after the Roundtable, a report was written by a smaller group that discussed the future of Arts and Sciences. It took a long time and a lot of effort on the part of some faculty. The President recieved the report and then divided the College of Arts and Sciences into three separate entities (now four). That seems to have been his purpose all along and the rest of this was just for show. Given new leadership, I have no idea what path will be followed with the College of Education. It has long been my belief that if you have the right people almost any organizational structure will work; and, if you have the wrong people almost no orgranizational structure can save you. History has not been particularly kind to those faculty who have spoken out in the past. One other thing I do know is that faculty are good at talking but not so hot when it comes to taking action. Therefore, I conclude that things must be very difficult in the College of Ed. for them to have taken such an action.