Monday, May 4, 2020
Diane Klein (La Verne), A Twenty-Year Professor on Trusting Your Provost With Your Life: Don’t.:
The executive suites and Presidential cabinets of America’s universities appear to include far too many people willing to put your life at risk to keep from shutting down. As a faculty member, will you go along with it, if called back to campus? Before you decide, ask yourself a few simple questions.
1. Is your provost Dr. Zeke Emanuel? ...
2. Does your provost listen to the faculty? ...
3. Does your provost care about faculty well-being? ...
The challenge COVID-19 presents to higher education is vast and potentially cataclysmic. Administrators are right to fear for their institutions’ survival. Many cannot weather further downturns in enrollment, and administrators may think ordering professors back onto campus could stanch that bleeding.
But faculty should beware of heeding that call, when it comes in the absence of testing or a realistic plan for pandemic response.
Don’t let them pass off an attempt to protect administrative salaries and the bottom line as “selfless” concern for students and attempts to guilt you into risking your health. And that goes double when the call comes from university administrators without medical training, but with a track record of putting themselves first and faculty governance and faculty well-being last.
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