Who Gets a Vote in Departmental Decisions?

March 03, 2015 / Phil Lesch

The Chronicle of Higher Education
March 2nd, 2015

If there’s anything sadder in academe today than a blown hiring opportunity, it is the deterioration of professionalism in the wake of such a loss.

Last year my English department came apart at the seams over a national search that included an internal applicant and a sizable population of adjunct faculty members wanting a voice and a vote in the search. In the year since, our department’s decision making has been virtually paralyzed by a question that the controversy raised: Who should weigh in on personnel, curricular, and other matters of departmental governance?

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