Skip to comments.Mental Health and the Professoriate During the Pandemic
Posted on 08/24/2020 4:25:09 AM PDT by karpov
Remember the stereotype of the lazy college professor living an almost stress-free life while enjoying tenure, virtually a sinecure, often supported by taxpayer dollars? Tomes and articles identifying examples of this professor abound. Along with this job protection comes the opportunity to impose political correctness with impunity.
Try telling that story to true contrarians.
For an example, consider Michael Jay Shively, who taught biology for 26 years at Utah Valley University. Shively, The Chronicle of Higher Education reports, was rigorous and took pride in the anatomy courses he built and the hard work they required.
On March 25, 2019, Shively received a one-page letter from his university president and was quickly suspended and escorted from campus. The letter contained allegations related to the difficulty of Shivelys courses and to maltreatment of Shivelys colleagues. In the months that followed, the university investigated while Shively experienced what his wife called a spiraling decline. Before the investigation concluded, Shively took his own life.
The courts will have to sort out any responsibility Utah Valley University may bear for Shivelys suicide, even as debate goes on over how, as Chronicle reporter Emma Pettit acknowledges, experts stress that suicide never has a single cause. She also wonders what this case says about due process, academic freedom, and why Shivelys classroom practices were under scrutiny?
Michael Adams, who taught at the University of North Carolina-Wilmington for 27 years, was a contrarian for reasons almost entirely related to partisan politics and religious conservatism. More than a decade ago, UNCW denied Adams promotion to full professor, leading to a lawsuit that cost the university hundreds of thousands of dollars and culminated when Adams won his case against the school. UNCW quickly settled, awarding Adams the promotion and seven years of back pay.
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Hell hath no fury like a liberal dissented from.
Defund the universities.
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