Friday, December 10, 2010

Chancellor Martin's Grade for Fall 2010

Had Chancellor Martin attended the Faculty Senate meeting on December 8, the following statement would have been delivered:

"Chancellor Martin, you have chosen to delegate a response to the letters of the AAUP. You have also chosen to postpone a response to the Faculty Senate Resolution 10-14.1. To my students I would say, “This is bad time management and called procrastination.”

Chancellor Martin, you have also chosen to dismantle the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures (and you have accepted responsibility). With this decision, you have not only irrevocably damaged the university as a whole but also the future of students. My students I would ask, “Are you sure that you can live with this decision?”

Chancellor Martin, you have not been a good steward of what has been entrusted to you, neither economically nor academically nor ethically. Ironically, the cost for a team a clever attorneys to present to you a way to fire 14 instructors, exceeds in all likelihood not only the cost of keeping the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures in tact but also retain the FLXIV for another semester. To my students I would say, “Take a course in economics and pay attention to cost/effect.”

Chancellor Martin, you have proven that you have the power to take the ‘human’ out of ‘Humanities’. You have also proven that you have the power to fire 14 foreign language instructors. However, you will never have the power to diminish the importance of foreign languages.

For all your actions or non-actions, you receive an F."

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