Tuesday, March 08, 2011
Notes on Previous
To those who've asked: as far as I know, my job's relatively safe. I'm in a department that a) teaches every student who comes through the university (via entering composition classes, although some students do elect to take those at our local community college) and b) has a large number of majors. As of now, the university can't fire tenured faculty, as long as those faculty are actually doing their jobs, unless it eliminates entire programs or declares financial exigency (bankruptcy, essentially).
UNLV is preparing for the possibility of exigency, but Glick has said he won't consider that option for UNR. I hope he doesn't change his mind. If we have any surviving university at all, I can't imagine closure of the English Department.
On the other hand, before last year, I couldn't have imagined the current evisceration of foreign languages, either. Our only remaining foreign-language degree program is Spanish. We lost German and Italian last year; French was saved, barely, only to be cut this year.
Losing Theater and Dance is a hard blow, but there's been speculation about that for a while now, so it's not a complete shock. My friends in the Music Department are very nervous. They have more majors than T&D did, though, so I hope they're safer.
It kills me that the School of Social Work's being shut down. This is already a terrible state for anyone who needs social services, right down there with Mississippi, and it's about to get worse.
The poor get poorer.