Monday, April 29, 2013

insightful post from The Faculty Lounge

I think this post speaks for itself:

We Were Not Equals

You can prep a dean all you want for his deposition in a lawsuit regarding a faculty firing, but sometimes he'll still answer entirely candidly.  Background on the case is here.

Buffalo Law Dean Makau Mutua  was asked by Jeffrey Malkan's attorney about events that occurred before Mutua was dean...

Dean: I wanted to educate myself more about the various staffing models of the programs and I asked Jeff [Malkan] to provide me with a summary of the various models used by various schools to staff their research and writing programs.

Attorney: And he complied with your request even though he technically wasn't bound to do that for you?  You were equals, right?

Dean: No.  We were not equals.

Attorney: You were not both --

Dean: We were not equals.  This is again, you are coming back to the same problem.  Jeff Malkan, you know, was a research and writing instructor.  I was a professor of law.

More text of the exchange is here.  

Yes, I understand precisely what the dean was saying about faculty status.  But I think plenty of tenured faculty would never imagine that they were anything other than equals of their contract faculty colleagues.  ABA standard 405(c) may (or may not) protect jobs, but it has nothing to say about  respect. 


hat tip:  Mark Burge, Texas Wesleyan


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