Tuesday, September 9, 2014
Just a quick note to our readers, all fifteen of you. There are AAUP meetings scheduled for Wednesday and Thursday this week over in Engineering at 3:30. (I am told both HO and Lionel are welcome. Be sure to wear appropriate hats.) There are also meetings scheduled at various times on Wednesday and Thursday for you to voice your opinion on what you wish to see in a new President. My guess is what the BOT is looking for may be quite different than what the faculty might want. Just a hunch. Aside from the ability to walk on water and cultivate money trees, I don't want much. After 35 years of college teaching, my expectations are not what they used to be. I want a faculty member. Yes, I want someone who has been in a classroom and has some understanding of the time and effort that takes and values that process. I want someone who actually values the liberal arts tradition in education and considers it more than junior college material. And, I want a scholar. I want someone who actually reads and writes. I am tired of having my discipline and those of others looked at as not relevant for today's students. I am tired of being the serf who came with the estate. Go to the meetings and let yourself be heard. I have no idea if it will do any good, but you will at least be on record.