The Chronicle of Higher Education
August 28th, 2014
The University of Miami has an unusual system in which all faculty
members get a vote—albeit a nonbinding one—on whether to retain their
dean. That’s given Miami an even more unusual problem, now that three
leading deans have been rejected.
The deans include the heads of Miami’s most financially important
school, medicine, and arguably its most renowned, marine science. And
despite the faculty rejections, the university’s president, Donna E.
Shalala, has decided to keep both. The third dean, in engineering,
agreed to step down after a follow-up review.
The reasons behind the faculty votes are different in each case, said
Steven M. Green, a longtime professor of biology and former head of the
university’s Faculty Senate. But the trio of rare votes generally
reflects professors’ sensing "varieties of incompetence and malfeasance"
in their leadership, Mr. Green said.