for the present moment, I'd like to address some questions that I am curious to learn the answers to::
If the new chair for Mason Gross' Visual Arts Dept. for the Fall of 2007 has no ability to vote upon faculty matters:
- at today's meeting (transcripts will be available soon), he has continually referenced that he consults the chair in major decisions made for the "betterment" of staff and education, as well as for decisions about tenure, and so forth. I personally find that close consultation in those matters are of extreme importance, and that is just as good as a so-called "vote".
- my understanding of the "unanimous" decision for the upcoming chair, is that a good majority of the faculty were not even in attendance at the time of the vote. if i am mistaken, please, correct me.
- as an unbias chair, it is also my understanding that this new chair, last year, has acted as dean when Dean George B. Stauffer was away on sabbatical. She was also responsible for denying Jason Francisco tenure, in which he was able to file grievances. While I have been reassured that it is a good decision in mediating the faculty and administration, I continue to feel uneasy.
- During Meeting 1 (I will later post the transcript), Dean Stauffer has stated that he has raised $17 million dollars in fundraising. The question that was asked was basically, "how much money was raised for fundraising, and how was it divided among the 4 divisions at Mason Gross?" I noted that he never specifically stated how the fundraising money was divided, rather he evaded the question by stating that he was currently working on attaining a $1 million dollar for the visual arts department. He also stated that the sponsor of this fund would not be happy in the type of art created at Mason Gross, which leads me to question: a. how exactly does he expect to attain this sponsor if this sponsor would not necessarily want to donate funds to this type of art? (could it be that he has insinuated that the school will change it's philosophy and motto? - that's just a curiosity of mine)
b. considering the fact that he has not yet attained this fund, i think it is premature to even assume that we have the $1 million dollars,
3. "Saving his own ass through speech and unknown information":
- He appoints ALL faculty, so he really should just stop using that as an excuse.
- His "favor" to Hasan's two semester sabbatical, is not really a favor at all. During Hasan's 8 year career in Florida, he has never taken a sabbatical. According to University Policy, those 8 years prior to his coming to Mason Gross is to be incorporated with his career here at Mason Gross, and every 3 years of work allows for 1 semester of sabbatical.
I believe the equation is: 11 years of work/divided 1 semester sabbatical per 3 years of work (without sabbatical during the time) = 3.67 semesters = about 2 years in which Hasan is legally allowed to be on sabbatical.
4. "His Vision":
-Dean Stauffer's 'vision' of the school is to "build and support students as well as provide excellent training."
:: this is an interesting statement considering the fact that this should not be a 'vision'. This should 1. be mandatory, as those are the main characteristics of a strong and good education and 2. This should already be active.
in stating that it is a 'vision' implies that this is the goal to reach. It shouldn't and wouldn't have to be reached for if this was already a solidified action.
5. "Communication Skills":
- I'd STILL like to ask how he decides what is "in the best interest of students" when he has little to no contact with students, OR faculty. I know I've asked this aloud to a few people, but I find that the only person who can answer this is George Stauffer.
- I've noticed that his opening statement in response to most questions begins with "Clearly we've heard your concerns" and "I hear you". In that case, I'm glad he "hears" us now because his isolation tank of an office was clearly sound proof for the past 5 years.
And on that note, I hope he hears me when I say, "RESIGN."