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Profs in cut departments file formal grievance

18 faculty members, all from departments that are being eliminated or downsized as a result of Dean Forman’s cuts last fall, have filed a formal grievance with Emory College. The complaint, which alleges numerous violations in CFAC’s handling of the cuts, was written in consultation with a prominent Atlanta lawyer. (One professor who signed the document told us that any administrator who glances at it will know that the signatories mean business.) It demands that Emory annul the cuts and “affirm the primacy of the [Emory] Bylaws” and the official principles governing faculty regulations.

You can view the original document here [PDF], courtesy of the Wheel.

The 18 signatories are David Armstrong and Sheila Tefft (journalism); Walter Reed, Angelika Bammer, Kevin Corrigan, Sander Gilman, Anna Grimshaw, Sean Meighoo, Catherine Nickerson and Kimberly Wallace-Sanders (ILA); Juliette Apkarian, Vera Proskurina and Elena Glazov-Corrigan (Russian/REALC); Samiran (Shomu) Banerjee (economics); Jason Francisco and Julia Kjelgaard (visual arts); and Robert Jensen and Carole Hahn (Division of Educational Studies).

Needless to say, the Grievance Committee has denied the signatories’ requests to repeal the cuts and affirm the university’s commitment to uphold its own bylaws. (The only request it did grant was to respond to the grievance during this semester.) English professor Sheila Cavanagh, writing on behalf of the ten-person committee, reportedly “finds no cause to pursue this matter further.”

Faculty members, including AAUP representatives, insist that the battle isn’t over.

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Events in Economics

Dr. Shomu Banerjee, senior lecturer in economics and one of the first faculty members to speak to the media about the cuts, will be delivering a lecture on the topic next Monday:


The talk will be at 5:30 p.m. in room 334 of the Goizueta Business School. Further, he encourages all students and alumni to write to the Chair of the Board of Trustees, Ben Johnson, before the next meeting on November 9. (Keep that date open, by the way.) The address:

Mr. Ben F. Johnson III
Chair, Emory Board of Trustees
Emory University
Mailstop #1000/001/1AN
Atlanta, GA 30322
Fax: 404.727.7359

Dr. Banerjee has published an open letter on the “Save Econ, Save Emory” Facebook page, which you can read here after the break:

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