Race and Retention
People move around in academia; its 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 Emorys Department of Political Science, that means the
departure of three professorsall of them African-American.
Richard Joseph, the former Asa Griggs Candler Professor of Political
Science, now directs Northwestern Universitys 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
To read the article in full,
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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
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
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,
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)
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 failurecertainly 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 terriblepoorly
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
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.
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Fallout From Wall Street Hits Colleges Hard from the August
Endowment Losses Force Dartmouth to Cut Its Budget from
the August 26th Chronicle
Boston University Plans to Cut 450 Jobs from the September
A Poem by Lucas Carpenter, Charles Howard Candler Professor of
English at Oxford College
WHERE WAS GOD ON SEPTEMBER ELEVENTH?
Answers Sunday at 11 AM
Prophetic Deliverance Services
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.