UPDATED: The Lounge, and this post in particular, have been getting a LOT of traffic over the last 48 hours. Consequently, I decided to make this one sticky for a couple of days as news spreads and information travels.
I’ve been hesitant, as I said in a comment on the “Next Up!” post, to say anything here directly about the layoffs until more information comes out, out of concerns for accuracy and the privacy of those involved. Like you, I’ve heard a lot of things, but that doesn’t make them so. Even still, this may not be the forum to discuss them. If what I’ve heard is true, though–and I have heard the same names from multiple people–then we lost some really great people on Friday, who provided a ton of service to students and faculty alike. Hopefully, someone will figure out how to bring them back one way or another.
In any case, I wanted to at least express my certainty that Faculty Council will be discussing the recent events at length at our November meeting (November 9th @ 3:30 in room 1046). It is my understanding that some departments are considering meeting to discuss possible responses. Other possibilities include faculty letters of support and thanks for our colleagues who were laid off, either collective or individual, and Truman is giving their faculty a survey designed by the AAUP to gauge the climate and faculty perception with respect to “Shared Governance.”
If you have any other ideas, I’d welcome them here or by email (firstname.lastname@example.org OR email@example.com, if you’d prefer to be off the record, so to speak). Mostly I just wanted everyone to know that I know, and I know that you know, but I think it’s wise for a little while, to talk with each other on campus, until we all know more about what happened and why. That is just one person’s (mine) opinion, though. I’m open to hearing arguments for other approaches.