Paul L. Caron

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Two Tax Profs Are Among Four Florida Dean Finalists

Florida Logo (GIF)Following up on my prior posts:  two Tax Profs are among four finalists to replace outgoing dean Robert Jerry:

Donaldson said he didn’t agree with the prevailing opinion that the profession was changing that dramatically, saying it could even correct itself by 2016. “I don’t subscribe to that, but it is a good opportunity for law schools to look at their curriculum,” he said.

Update:  Gainesville Sun:  Emails in UF Law Dean Search Become Bone of Contention:

A University of Florida law school professor and member of the committee searching for a new dean for the Levin College of Law has sent an email to law school faculty warning them that their communications could be made public, reassuring them that most of their emails had been deleted “as they came in.”

“Very few of you have sent me emails, and I mostly deleted your emails as they came in,” Lyrissa Lidsky, associate dean for International Programs at UF Law, said in an email sent Sunday to law school faculty after a public records request was made for emails related to the search. “Nonetheless, I thought you might appreciate a reminder that all emails you send the search committee may be subject to being turned over to the press or public.” ...

The email raises an underlying subtext, along with other comments from faculty over the past few weeks, that faculty are concerned about discussing the candidates without reprisal.

“I actually don’t think it matters much who becomes dean but am shocked by the clamming up of the faculty,” said Jeffrey Harrison, the Stephen C. O’Connell Chair at UF Law.

Harrison also said he was disappointed by Lidsky’s cautionary note. He told her in an emailed reply, “Now, I take it you too are reminding us of how to preserve deniability. I am not sure that is becoming of someone engaged in a public search.” ...

University executive searches are a touchy topic in Florida, where state law requires the names of all applicants to be public from beginning to end. Officials have said repeatedly that having the search in the sunshine limits the number of top-tier candidates who apply, some of whom might fear reprisal from their current employers. ...

One faculty member, after discussing the search process with a reporter in a coffee shop, ran after the reporter to make sure he wasn’t going to put the faculty member’s name in the newspaper. “I don’t have tenure,” the faculty member said.

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