At the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, Temple University slashed its budget, anticipating a once-in-a-generation economic downturn. Now one year into the crisis, the university is proposing a second round of budget cuts for the 2021-2022 academic year. This time, union members say the impact could devastate the livelihoods of non-tenure track professors and increase already bloated class sizes.
Temple University Faculty Herald Posts
A student at Concordia University recently googled his professor, only to discover that his professor was dead. The University, enterprisingly, had simply saved all the lectures and other online course materials and hired a TA to do the grading.
With increasing disinformation, misinformation, and political polarization in our country, we were also dealing with threats to our society, economy, and democracy.
The University requires faculty to include a statement about academic freedom in every syllabus. Student learning, we are told, is inseparable from academic freedom. But academic freedom also requires that faculty be free to speak, and from a place of knowledge — free to speak about the criteria and process of searching for a new President of the University; free to speak about the new Strategic Plan; free to speak about budgets; free to speak about how the University is set up and run in general, with knowledge, and with an eye to whether decisions about the running of an academic institution keep in mind academics.
At Temple, and across the nation, students are managing anxiety, grief, sadness, confusion, loneliness, and other difficulties in the midst of navigating a global health pandemic, financial hardships, social disconnection, and continued racial injustice and unrest.
[The Center will] create formations around the study of topics such as white supremacy, anti-African police actions, economic discrimination, early interventions in racial culturation, structural racism, resistance to dysconscious racism, cultural domination, elimination of violence against racialized bodies, racial politics, astral-blackness and afro-futurism, racial discontents in the 21st century, racial stereotypes in visual media, homelessness and racism, intersections of patriarchy and hierarchy, and epistemological racism
The most salient data, according to a breakdown of the courses taught by both OER users and non-users, is the potential cost savings to our students.
When administrators are autocrats and do not cede some authority to faculty to let them have a say in how they are governed or restrict their ability to make decisions, they are showing them lack of respect