Monthly Archives: November 2009

Happy Furlough Day?

For those of us on the faculty, the concept of “furlough days” is as disconnected from reality as the concept of “sick days.” Every month we have to fill out and submit a form that lists the specific hours on … Continue reading

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S&W now on Twitter and Facebook

In our quest to further enhance the visibility of this site, we now have a Twitter and Facebook presence.  If you are a Twitter or Facebook user, follow our status updates to get real-time notifications of new posts and other … Continue reading

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Watch this (new) space

Based at least on the number of people who publicly referred to Sifting and Winnowing during the restructuring controversy over the past month-and-a-half,  it seems clear that this site is taken seriously as a place to go for informed independent … Continue reading

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A Graduate School reform we can all get behind: new thesis format requirements

Late last night, I was thumbing through the stack of thesis and dissertation drafts that had been given to me by students in anticipation of a December graduation.  I swore under my breath over the unpleasant task ahead — not … Continue reading

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Stepping up to protect free speech on campus

Just days ago, this forum reposted a message that had been circulated by the AAUP concerning loopholes in the legal protection of speech on campus due to a controversial Supreme Court ruling in 2006. Today, in the article “Free speech … Continue reading

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A memo from Dean Sandefur (L&S) on the proposed reorganization of the Graduate School

This memo by Dean Gary Sandefur (Letters and Sciences) was copied to L&S faculty, staff, and graduate students.  It is reproduced here for the convenience, and public comment, of S&W readers. – Eds.

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Letter from the Provost concerning restructuring

The following broadcast message from Provost Paul M. DeLuca, Jr., was received on November 11, 2009 and is reposted here for the convenience of S&W readers (a similar or identical message also appears on the Provost’s own website).  Public comments … Continue reading

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Speak Up! Speak Out! Protect the Faculty Voice

The following broadcast message was sent out by the American Association of University Professors to its membership on November 10, 2009. It is reprinted in its entirety here for the convenience of S&W readers. – Eds. The right of faculty … Continue reading

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New collective bargaining agreement for TAs, PAs

We post here, unedited and without editorial comment, the complete text of an informational letter circulated by Letters & Sciences summarizing changes in the collective bargaining agreement for Teaching Assistants and Project Assistants, as signed recently by Governor Doyle.

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Resolution passes

Moments ago, the Faculty Senate voted on the Resolution from the Department of  Sociology Regarding the Proposed Reorganization of the Graduate School. The vote was nearly unanimous — there was only a single opposing vote.

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