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November 19, 2002
Race and Retention

“People move around in academia; it’s just the nature of the beast,” said Tom Insel, director of the Center for Behavioral Neuroscience, in an interview with the Academic Exchange for the September 2002 cover story “Staying Power: Challenges in faculty recruitment and retention at Emory.” In Emory’s Department of Political Science, that means the departure of three professors—all of them African-American. Richard Joseph, the former Asa Griggs Candler Professor of Political Science, now directs Northwestern University’s Program in African American Studies. Robert A. Brown, Assistant Professor of Political Science, is leaving due to tenure decisions, and Michael Leo Owens, Visiting Assistant Professor, has accepted a tenure-track position at Penn State. The November 1, 2002, issue of the Chronicle of Higher Education reports that the department has started a search for job candidates.

November 14, 2002
Buying Time for Academic Parents

The November 11 issue of the Chronicle of Higher Education contains an essay by Joan Williams on how some academics are trading a portion of their salary for more time for their families. She describes the case of a single mother who took a 20-percent pay cut in order to reduce her course load for the next five years, until her daughter turns eight. In another case, however, university policy dictated that a tenured professor with two small children would lose her benefits if she cut back to a 75-percent work schedule. Williams advocates more flexible university policies and more viable part-time, tenure-track jobs in academe.

To read the article in full, if you subscribe to the Chronicle, click here to search the site.

Also read Carol Hogue's Academic Exchange essay on "The Value of Children: Should the university partner with parenting faculty?" at www.emory.edu/ACAD_EXCHANGE/2002/sept/hogue.html

November 5, 2002
Shrinking Budgets at Private Universities

Today's New York Times contains an article about how private affluent universities nationwide are facing sharp investment declines and spending cuts. "Boom's End Is Felt Even at Wealthy Colleges" examines postponed building projects, hiring freezes, and layoffs of faculty members at institutions such as Stanford, Duke, MIT, Dartmouth, and Emory. Layoffs are under consideration at Stanford and Duke.

The article is online at www.nytimes.com/2002/11/05/education/05COLL.html

November 4, 2002
Resources for Crossing the Great Divide

Associate Professor of Spanish and Portuguese Karen Stolley consulted the following sources while composing an essay titled "Crossing the Great Divide: Enhancing faculty-trustee communication" for the October/November issue of the Academic Exchange.

Academe (Bulletin of the American Association of University Professors). May-June 2001. "In It Together: Faculties, Administrations, and Shared Governance."

Baldwin, Roger. "Put A Professor On Your Board?" Trusteeship (Bulletin of the Association of Governing Boards). November-December 2000. 13-17.

Burgan, Mary. "The Faculty and the Budget." Academe. March-April 2001. 108.

-----. "Governance: A Practical Guide." Academe. May-June 2001.

Chait, Richard. "Trustees and Professors: So Often at Odds, So Much Alike." Chronicle of Higher Education 8/4/2000. vol. 46. no. 48. p. B4.

Clinton, Patrick. "University Endowments." University of Chicago Magazine. April 2002. 21-25.

Gaff, Gerry. "The Changing of Faculty and Administrators." Liberal Education. Summer 1997. 12-17.

Glotzbach, Philip A. "Conditions of Collaboration: A Dean's List of Do's and Don'ts." Academe. May-June 2001. 16-21.

Hamilton, Neil. "Are We Speaking the Same Language? Comparing AAUP and AGB." Liberal Education. Fall 1999. 24-31.

-----. "The Academic Profession's Leadership Role in Shared Governance." Liberal Education. Summer 2000. 12-19.

Ingram, Richard T. "Faculty Angst and the Search for a Common Enemy." Chronicle of Higher Education 5/14/99. vol. 45. no. 36. p. B10.

"The President's Cabinet Responds to the College Executive Council." Emory Report. May 13, 2002.

Scott, Joan Wallach. "The Critical State of Shared Governance." Academe. July-August 2002.. 41-48.

American Association of University Professors (AAUP) website: www.aaup.org

Association for Governing Boards (AGB) website: www.agb.org

October 21, 2002
From Fat Jeans to Fat Genes?
Excerpts from "Fat Politics and the Will to Innocence"

"My work participates in the struggle to renegotiate what fat means in our culture. Americans understand fatness as some kind of failure—certainly as an aesthetic affront. But fat often gets framed as a kind of moral failure too, a failure of will . . . . It also gets framed as a failure of citizenship. Literature from World War II described fat people as treasonous for consuming more food than needed. . . . And anti-fat bias is often rife with classist and racist bias too. When white America fears fat, it fears the loss of privilege that goes along with the idealized slim, white body.

"I've begun to think about how to change this. There are some arenas where fatness is recognized in more positive ways. In the fashion arena, for instance, fat is morphing from an aesthetic affront to something that has a place in market culture. Fifteen years ago clothing in stores aimed at fat women were always terrible—poorly made, bad fabric, no style. Now that's not true anymore. Last year, the "plus size" segment of fashion retailing grew by 11 percent while all other areas of fashion remained even or declined. But is success really measured by having a consumer market recognize you? Equal rights in fashion are not the same as equal rights in the workplace.

"Queer Studies and Disability Studies are two lines of inspiration for Fat Studies. Like discourse about gay identity, there's a similar interest in figuring out what causes this. For instance, there's the search for the so-called 'fat gene,' just as there's been a search for a 'gay gene.' And both queers and fat folk are deemed in our culture as immoral; both are accused of 'flaunting it' if they don't hide their bodies. But there's also quite a bit of sizism in queer communities . . . . So I also look to disability studies. There's a lot of connection in the representation of bodies as abjected. One difference, however, is that the disabled are generally not considered culpable for their condition (although that's not true for all disabilties)."

—Kathleen LeBesco, Assistant Professor of Communication Arts, Marymount Manhattan College, speaking at a Women's Studies colloquium on October 2, 2002.

September 30, 2002
Belt-Tightening at Other Universities:

A follow-up to Staying Power: Challenges in Faculty Recruitment and Retention in the September 2002 issues of the Academic Exchange

Emory is not alone in its struggle with difficult economic times. Recent articles in the Chronicle of Education document how shrinking endowments are forcing tough decisions at colleges and universities across the country. Nationally, the decline in the stock market has affected both the value of schools’ endowments and their ability to raise funds from donors and granting agencies. The squeeze is hitting not only small schools with smaller budgets, but also large institutions with substantial endowments like Dartmouth College and Boston University.

In August, Dartmouth officials announced that it will delay construction and renovation projects that had been scheduled to begin. While they remain committed to not eliminating faculty positions or decreasing financial aid, Dartmouth administrators are considering some layoffs. Boston University, however, has declared its plan to cut 450 jobs, including some full-time faculty positions, over the next two years to cope with its financial losses. Attrition and retirement are expected to account the majority of the positions eliminated.

For more information, explore the articles below, if you subscribe to the Chronicle. Click here to search the site.

Fallout From Wall Street Hits Colleges Hard from the August 9th Chronicle

Endowment Losses Force Dartmouth to Cut Its Budget from the August 26th Chronicle

Boston University Plans to Cut 450 Jobs from the September 3rd Chonicl

September 12, 2002
A Poem by Lucas Carpenter, Charles Howard Candler Professor of English at Oxford College

Answers Sunday at 11 AM
Prophetic Deliverance Services

—Roadside Rent-A-Sign

I wish I could say
He was with me
Sitting in a dive on Fifty-second Street
Uncertain and afraid

"TV does it better than the Bible
Grace works and it's fun
Just ask the Jews
Who ought to be used to it
Faith's a ploy to keep you focused
There's no secret
No victimless heaven
No truth without
A knowledge of nothing
Not known about"

Language is genetic
I reach for my drink
And history is late
Babi-Yar or Belsen
Nanking or My Lai.
Suicidal slaughter of innocents
Well within the sharp edges
Wording your worlds
Unspoken and vacant

See Perils of the Affect (Edwin Mellen Press 2002) for more poems by Lucas Carpenter.