The Chronicle of Higher Education
September 5th, 2014
group of faculty members at the University of Colorado at Boulder has
accused the university’s administration of showing a “blatant disregard
for the rights, interests, and well-being of its faculty,” the Daily
Camera reports. The harsh statement, by the faculty-affairs committee of
the Faculty Assembly, refers to a series of well-publicized
disciplinary actions taken against three faculty members in the
institution’s sociology and philosophy departments.
Patricia A. Adler, a now-retired sociology professor, was suspended from
teaching a course in which she performed a skit on prostitution. The
administration later backed down.
Dan Kaufman, a philosophy
professor, was placed on leave and barred from the campus for two
months, for unspecified reasons, and then reinstated. And the university
moved to fire a tenured philosophy professor, David Barnett, after he
was accused of retaliating against a female graduate student who alleged
that another student had sexually assaulted her.
precipitous and punitive actions taken against faculty without due
process and then often quickly reversed show that the administration is
exercising extremely poor judgment in its handling of faculty affairs,”
the committee members wrote. The committee is expected to put the
condemnation before the Faculty Assembly next month for discussion.