Letters to the Editor

Letter:No groveling

November 13, 2013


To the editor:

With all due respect to my esteemed colleague Emeritus Prof. Grant Goodman (Public Forum, Nov. 1), KU faculty (with a few notable exceptions) are not supine and do not grovel before administrative supervisors at any level from departmental heads to chancellors, or the Legislature, or the public. We do not bow and scrape before our chairs, deans, provosts etc., because we and they are equals before the law and fellow members of the international syndicate known as “academia.”

Nevertheless, when another public servant whose current job is to sit in the Kansas Legislature dares to intimidate Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little in public, to her face, tell her how the university is to be run, threaten her with further reductions in the budget of KU if she does not buckle under and commit the illegal act of attempting to sway justices of the Kansas Supreme Court in their upcoming ruling on public school finance, it is our responsibility to come to her defense.

Here is a case where the ethics committee of state government and, perhaps, a public prosecutor could swing into action. Impeachment is the least of the sanctions that might be meted out to the solon in question.


Paul R Getto 4 years, 6 months ago

Good points, but in Brownbackistan, universities are no longer relevant.

Leslie Swearingen 4 years, 6 months ago

This is a very bad way to conduct business. My question is, if Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little acquiesces to this what is going to happen the next time a professor says, writes, or does something controversial? I will admit that I don't know just how much autonomy the University of Kansas has to conduct its own affairs and how much the state legislature has to make and enforce laws aimed at the University.

Cille King 4 years, 6 months ago

"This is a very bad way to conduct business." I'm not sure to what you are referring. I believe this letter is about the Kansas Rep who said Grey-Little should have a 'friendly conversation' with the Kansas Supreme Court Justices to dissuade them in ruling for increased K-12 funding.

So, 1) the Rep shouldn't have said it, or 2) the state ethics committee should not get involved.

Or were you thinking this was referring to Prof Gund's tweet?

Chris Golledge 4 years, 6 months ago

"With all due respect" In the original, the implication is that no respect is due. I'm not sure what Gerald's intent is here.

John Graham 4 years, 6 months ago

Boy things sure must have changed from when I was an undergrad. I heard non-tenured professors complain about what they had to put up with from senior professors on tenure committee if they wanted to advance to tenure position. I am glad all of you tenured and non-tenured staff are now on equal footing in the international syndicate known as "academia". By the way if all of you are "equal" members of academia how is it that not everyone has tenure? If some have tenure and others do not how can you all be equal? Doesn't tenure provide some benefits over non-tenure?

John Graham 4 years, 6 months ago

Despite the statement you are all equals before the law, doesn't the law look at a tenured professor differently than a non-tenure one at least with respect to job protection? If it does then you are all not equal under the law.

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