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Thursday, November 09, 2006

Faculty Responsibility

The following was sent as a comment by Annonymous around a week ago. I believe that it is a timely comment that some of the readers might have missed . Hat tip Annon.


It is certainly the responsibility of the faculty to take control of their own institution. It is therefore quite deplorable that the major groups represented at the Board of Trustees meeting were students and staff, both administrative and secretarial, with a sprinkling of faculty wedged in over and above the Council designees. This unfortunately mirrors the chronically low participation of faculty at Faculty Council meetings, school meetings, campus community meetings and campus "sightings" in general. Faculty Governance is not a spectator sport, it is a paricipatory responsibility. Newly tenured, newly promoted junior faculty seem to have disappeared from this process. Our most senior faculty seem to feel it is the time to quietly slide out of here.In addition to our educational mission, we are role models for the students, voices for the unprotected staff, the moral compass for administration.The next faculty Council meeting is December 1, we will have received the Maguire Report by November 15 and the President's response to our 11 resolutions by the 21st of November.These will be the blueprints for our collective futures.Lets put the kids back in the classroom and the faculty back in control of the insitutional "noise".Become am engaged colleague, again.Consider AAUP, the organization for academic professionals, as a first step.

15 Comments:

At 9:53 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Now that this anonymous Annon peer felt justified questioning and criticizing the full faculty participation in the daily university deliberations for survival and substance. I feel compelled to voice the subdued opinion of the otherwise crucial faculty peers, both newer and more senior super-productive faculty herein:

As we continue to assess and give failing marks to those in administrative echelons, let us also assess to ensure that those faculty peers who take on the faculty leadership roles, from chair to associate dean, and the various faculty councils, are indeed the cream of crops amongst us in terms of their stellar teaching performance, scholarly output and all out service. IN other words, the question every faculty MUST ask is whether the peer in chair or the executive faculty council levels or key committees are indeed the best amongst us. If the answer is NO< then, you realize why those who are overachievers feel isolated….and thus do not participate…

 
At 11:09 AM, Blogger Thomas Paine said...

Anonymous 9:53,
But whose responsibility is it to make sure that the "right" representatives are selected? Don't you think that there is some truth to the idea that "people get the Government that they deserve"?

 
At 11:36 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Thomas,

You are theoretically correct in expressing your last sentence. However, when what is at stake is so small and after one bangs his head against the wall so many times, one can not help it but to simply go into her own cocoon...and acclimate into the culture of malaise...eh?!

May we somehow save this place..amen

 
At 4:18 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I believe that you have a bit of misinformation. There were several faculty members in Pleasantville who spoke with the board. In my estimation, they were very committed faculty members who care very much about the institution. The key question is will there be a real plan to save our institution.
Medical insurance costs for us is about to double at best. Will the aging faculty fight this burden, too?

 
At 8:07 AM, Blogger avgjoey said...

Well, we made a promise, swore we'd always remember
No retreat, baby, no surrender
Like soldiers on a winter's night with a vow to defend
No retreat, baby, no surrender

The Boss

 
At 11:32 AM, Blogger avgjoey said...

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At 11:35 AM, Blogger avgjoey said...

Enrollment consultant Jack Maguire to present findings at meetings for students, faculty, and staff.

Please be advised that Jack Maguire, president of Maguire Associates, will present the findings and recommendations of his firm’s recent analysis of Pace’s enrollment opportunities, financial aid practices, and tuition pricing at two public forums on Wednesday, November 15.

The presentations will take place at the following times and locations on the 15th:

12:20 p.m. – 1:50 p.m.
Multipurpose Room
New York City Campus
One Pace Plaza

3:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
VIP Room
Goldstein Fitness Center
Pleasantville

All members of the University community – students, faculty and staff – are invited and encouraged to attend one of these important presentat............WHAT A WASTE

 
At 11:35 AM, Blogger avgjoey said...

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At 1:56 PM, Blogger avgjoey said...

HUNTER RAWLINGS AND DAVID CAPUTO ...WOODROW WILSON....HELLO...GOOD BYE

 
At 3:12 PM, Blogger Thomas Paine said...

avgjoey,
Obviously your suggestion that there must be no room for retreat and surrender is the only stand that makes sense. I only hope that most see it that way also. If we fail to take a stand then will ever be able to look into the mirror...

 
At 11:11 AM, Blogger avgjoey said...

Megalomania (from the Greek word μεγαλομανία) is a psychopathological condition characterised by delusional fantasies of wealth, power, or omnipotence - often generally termed as delusions of grandeur. It includes an obsession with grandiose or extravagant things or actions. It is sometimes symptomatic of manic or paranoid disorders.

 
At 11:17 AM, Blogger avgjoey said...

thomas did not once say.... Let the assemblies be annual, with a President only. The representation more equal. Their business wholly domestic, and subject to the authority of a Continental Congress.

 
At 11:20 AM, Blogger avgjoey said...

"These are the times that try men's souls."
Thomas your words as true today as they were in 1776.

 
At 7:36 AM, Blogger avgjoey said...

dairy farm owned by Teresa VanWagner and family.

If you've seen the ending to the movie, "Easy Rider," you
can relate to my mixed feelings at accepting that
invitation. Would I be buried somewhere in the north 40?

Although she is a friend, there is no misunderstanding
between us. I am the dairy industry's worst nightmare. One
well placed pitchfork, and I'd be sleeping with the cow
dung.

I see great wisdom in knowing one's enemy. I subscribe to
many dairy magazines and journals and try to keep up with
the politics, science, and business within that industry.

Know your enemy. That view was shared by Italian statesman
Niccolo Machiavelli, Chinese philosopher Sun Tzu and Abraham
Lincoln. These men combined the art of political science
with the psychology of human nature to write their own
unique chapters in the collective textbook of the art of
warfare. Lincoln once said:

"I destroy my enemy when I make him my friend."

Machiavelli's text,"The Prince," has been used for tutoring
monarchs and chief executives in a centuries-old lesson:
successful campaigns are waged on and off battlegrounds.
Those who understand their opponents win wars.

The great Chinese philosopher Sun Tzu wrote in his "Art of
War":

"If ignorant both of your enemy and yourself, you are
certain to be in peril."

THE EDITORIAL

GUESS WHO CAME TO DINNER by Teresa VanWagner

"At any gathering, he'd be the center of attention, the life
of the party. One minute he'll regale you with stories of
his misadventures, the next minute he'll single-handedly and
fairly debate both sides of an issue. He's a whirlwind of
energy with a brilliant mind. He reads people as easily as
the rest of us read traffic signs, and his sense of humor
doesn't quit. He's charismatic to a spellbinding degree, and
his name is Robert Cohen. Yes, that Robert Cohen-the
NotMilkman, founder of the Dairy Education Board, author of
the book "Milk - The Deadly Poison," the person the dairy
industry loves to hate - THAT Robert Cohen came to dinner.

In the past, via email, Robert and I had engaged in an
offensively hostile war of words. Trading verbal putdowns,
attempting to discredit another's avocation by discrediting
the person is a forgivable fault of human nature. But
standing in the middle of a raging battlefield, playing
mindless word games, isn't good strategy for staying alive.

 
At 1:46 PM, Blogger avgjoey said...

HE MUST GO....... When it is clear that he is losing control of the institution he ostensibly leads..............HE MUST GO

 

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