DE: "Contract clauses could end tenure, terminate professors". I particularly like the sound of "terminate professors", like the insects that they are. Lots of quotes from our friend Randy Auxier (whose name, tellingly, appears in the url of the DE story!).
Important administrative searches are under way on campus, including searches for the deans of Liberal Arts and Engineering (the latter covered on this blog via a much commented upon link to Randy Auxier's letter to the DE criticizing administrative interference with the search committee). I've been too busy with other stuff to give either much attention but will call your attention to today's DE story, in which the final two candidates for provost, Laurie Achenbach and John Nicklow, are quoted saying positive things about shared governance and employee relations. Money quote (or at least paraphrase):
Improving the relationship between the administration and the faculty and staff is an issue that needs to be improved, she [Achenbach] said. She plans to do that by encouraging transparency, including faculty members in decision making and by respecting them, she said.The Southern covered Tuesday's Faculty Senate meeting, at which the Chancellor said (quoting the story, not the Chancellor) that "preliminary enrollment numbers for new and transferring students for fall are not at an ideal place", and blamed this on students having difficulty securing financial aid. The Chancellor also made an appeal for "respect and civility" on campus and said that SIUC "must change and must move forward". While not present to hear her full remarks, I'll be so bold as to detect a certain tension between "respect and civility", as I understand them, and the frequent use of "must".
Speaking of respect and civility, a prominent advocate for those qualities, Ken Anderson, was unsuccessful in his bid for the presidency of the Faculty Senate, which instead went to a candidate my sources identify as a moderate, William Recktenwald, lecturer in the School of Journalism. Hooray for moderation. Ken's piece on this blog, by the way, has received rather more "page views" than any other, as well as many comments, most critical and some not a civil as he may have wished.
Finally, I must call your attention to today's wise and incisive editorial in the local paper of record, which boldly calls for an end to rain.
Southern Illinois is preparing wisely for major flooding, but the most-needed action is a long-term break in the storms and drenching downpours.Prayer is the means recommended to secure this end.