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Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Charlotte Dean Fires Associate Dean For Academics And Faculty Development Who 'Acted As Shield Between InfiLaw And Faculty And Students'

DavidsonFollowing up on yesterday's post, Charlotte Law School To Reopen Jan. 17, Despite Feds' Decision To Cut Off Student Loans:  Charlotte Observer, Top Academic Dean Forced to Resign as Turmoil at Charlotte School of Law Continues:

The turmoil at Charlotte School of Law appeared to continue Monday with the dean in charge of curriculum telling students she had been forced out of her job.

In an email, Camille Davidson said she was asked to resign as the school’s head of academics by Jay Conison, the head dean of the school. Davidson, a Georgetown University law graduate, said she would remain on the CSL faculty. The change comes less than a week before the beleaguered school is scheduled to reopen for classes.

“It is with much regret that I inform you that Dean Conison has asked me to step down as Academic Dean,” Davidson wrote, according to a copy of her message obtained by the Observer. “As of today, I will no longer serve in such capacity.”

In her job as dean, Davidson helped plan the school’s curriculum and schedule of classes. She also assigned teachers and addressed academic issues with students, while also teaching classes. ...

One of her former colleagues at the school said Davidson regularly served as a shield between faculty and students and InfiLaw, which operates CSL and two other for-profit law schools in Florida and Arizona. “Camille had an incredibly hard job. She did it as well as anybody could,” said the former faculty member, who asked to remain anonymous due to the school’s current problems with the federal government and the American Bar Association. “She stood up to Infilaw on behalf of students and faculty when it was possible to do so. But she was the person who had to have difficult discussions with students and was often the messenger for things students didn’t like. Honestly, I’m happy for her that she doesn’t have to do it anymore.”

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Quote: "Who 'Acted As Shield Between InfiLaw And Faculty And Students'"

That is why, when I wrote the book, Senior Nurse Mentor, and created a new nursing speciality whose roll is serve as a shield between nurses and a hospital's administration, I made her virtually impossible to fire for any cause but bad nursing morale. She answers to virtually no one.

I envisioned her filling a role much like the one Camille Davidson took on. Unfortunately, this academic dean lacked sufficient protection. Her departure is her student's loss.

Posted by: Michael W. Perry | Jan 10, 2017 11:14:18 AM