Wednesday, August 22, 2018
Following up on my previous post: Lexington Herald Leader, UK Wants to Fire This Professor. A Faculty Committee Just Said No.:
The University of Kentucky should stop trying to fire one of its journalism professors because there’s not enough evidence of wrongdoing, a UK faculty committee has ruled.
Professor Buck Ryan may be guilty of “sloppy accounting,” but he believed he had tacit approval to require students to buy one of his textbooks for his classes, according to an Aug. 6 letter to UK President Eli Capilouto from Jenny Minier, chairwoman of the Senate Advisory Committee on Privilege and Tenure.
“Our recommendation is that you drop the termination proceedings against Professor Ryan,” Minier wrote. “We also recommend that you and/or Provost Blackwell clearly communicate the textbook policy to the University community.”
According to university policy, Capilouto does not have to follow the committee’s recommendation, officials have said.
“President Capilouto has received the recommendation and will take it under advisement,” said UK spokesman Jay Blanton. “He appreciates the time and thoughtfulness committee members put into this process.”
In a statement, Ryan said “I’m gratified by the courageous and unanimous decision of the faculty Senate committee.” ...
The committee had not met to consider a faculty termination in at least five decades.
Inside Higher Ed, Ky. Committee Recommends Against Professor's Termination