Monthly Archives: October 2009

The town hall meeting that didn’t happen

I’m frustrated by the proposal to restructure the graduate school.  Indeed, I’m afraid of such action. I’m frustrated that only one plan is presented. The Provost says at each Town Hall that he has looked at this in a variety … Continue reading

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The official text of the resolution

The following resolution is scheduled to be voted on by the Faculty Senate on Monday, November 2, 2009: RESOLUTION FROM THE DEPARTMENT OF SOCIOLOGY REGARDING THE PROPOSED REORGANIZATION OF THE GRADUATE SCHOOL

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The Madison Experiment

Chancellor Martin’s letter to the community indicates that she and the provost have accepted the shared governance process, belatedly. This is a positive development. So, in the spirit of shared governance let’s consider the administration’s proposal and see what we … Continue reading

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Chancellor Biddy Martin responds

It is impossible to know whether Chancellor Biddy Martin is aware of this site and of some of the views that have been expressed here over the past two weeks.  Nevertheless, it appears that she is aware, in general, of … Continue reading

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Yet another spin on the proposed graduate school reorganization

While I agree with most of the other points already raised in criticism of the Provost’s plan to reorganize the graduate school and research, I’d like to take yet one more spin on the proposal that I feel has yet … Continue reading

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A call to speak up

After speaking to faculty across the university, it is clear to me that opposition to the Provost’s plan to dismantle the Graduate School is widespread. However, many faculty members seem hesitant to speak up, and I have even heard rumors … Continue reading

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Provost: “Surprised at the uproar”

Provost Paul M. DeLuca, Jr. was recently overheard saying that he was “surprised at the uproar” over his Graduate School restructuring proposal.   These  four simple words — surprised at the uproar — reveal more clearly than anything else we have … Continue reading

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Professors of the World, Unite?

The recent bill granting the faculty of the University of Wisconsin the right to unionize attracted the attention of the op-ed page of the Wall Street Journal: Professors of the World, Unite? We are posting the link here not because … Continue reading

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A lone voice in support of restructuring – and a response

Late last night, someone signing as “Elmer Fudd” posted the following reply to this article: This is just silly. To anyone who has written and managed research grants at the UW in the past few years, it is clear that … Continue reading

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On a collision course

It has just come to our attention that a resolution has been prepared for presentation at the next meeting of the Faculty Senate on November 2.  The reported wording of the resolution is as follows:

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