44 – 32 – 76
No, that is not a football play; it reflects the numbers of departures at Shorter to date.
Forty- four faculty members, not counting adjuncts who have refused to contract with Shorter, and 32 staff members, including a number of high-ranking administrators have left. Let us say that again – out of 109 full-time faculty, 44 have departed Shorter.
Forty-four faculty members is a substantially higher attrition rate than Dawn Tolbert, Shorter’s vice president for public relations, told the Christian Index in an article published June 14. Normal attrition averages between 20 and 25 at the end of spring semester, according to Ms. Tolbert. Must we then assume that 44 faculty members departing Shorter, (not counting all of the adjunct faculty who have chosen not to return) is abnormal?
Since our last update, Shorter has lost the following faculty and staff:
Dr. Renae R. Applegate House Assistant Professor of English Writing Center Director — 2 years 3 years of service
Professor Brent House Adjunct Professor of English Assistant Professor of English 2 years of service
Mr. Mike Bartik, Assistant Head Coach/Defensive Coordinator, Football. 6 years of service.
Richarde McCray Assistant Coach Men’s Basketball
Jen Haydt Assistant Coach Women’s Cross Country
Paula Brown Administrative Assistant Center for Teacher Preparation – Riverdale Campus
Abaya Logan Associate Librarian Riverdale Campus
Lynne Moosberg Instructor Psychology
Chris G. Hudson Adjunct Professor, Information Literacy
Stephen Faulkner, Academic Support Specialist, is in charge of scheduling adjunct professors for Shorter. He recently contacted Chris Hudson, who has been teaching STDV 1100 – 21st Century Information Access, to request that he teach another section of the class. The following is the reply sent to Mr. Faulkner.
I am writing to let you know that I cannot currently accept this assignment as offered and furthermore, I am cancelling my previous agreement to teach STDV 1100 to cohort AS312 which I was to have begun on August 6, 2012. Now that I have become aware of the full scope of it, I strongly disagree with the newly instituted “Personal Lifestyle Statement” and I refuse to sign it. The statement as rendered is unfair, immoral and certainly anything but Christ-like as anyone with even an elementary-level understanding of the Beatitudes should be able to attest. The statement also represents a grave attack on the basic principles of academic freedom which ought to be a given at any credible institution of higher learning be it Christ centered or otherwise. Should President Dowless and the Board of Trustees come to their senses and rescind this policy, I would eagerly consider teaching this course again in an adjunct capacity.
Chris G. Hudson
** We know there are more adjunct professors out there who have refused contracts. If you are an adjunct who would like to stand up and be counted, please notify us.**
How are these departures going to affect the future of Shorter? We will look at that question in our next post.