For the previous list of resignations, please see the post “Hail and Farewell Redux“.
STATEMENT OF FAITH AND PHILOSOPHY OF TEACHING
The last sentence of the University’s Mission states that it “affirms a commitment to the Christian faith and strives to integrate Christian values within a nurturing community in its whole process of education.” This mission mandates that all faculty members live out a commitment to Jesus Christ in both belief and practice. Thus, potential faculty members must provide a written statement of faith indicating their basic beliefs and the ways in which they anticipate putting faith into practice. Also, potential faculty members must provide a well-written philosophy of teaching in which, again, they frame teaching in the ethos of a dynamic academic and Christian institution. This written document will serve to initiate a discussion with the University Provost regarding a candidate’s faith in Christ.
This has been the procedure for hiring faculty members for a number of years. All employees have had to provide the statement of faith and the Provost has always discussed the issue of faith with potential candidates. Why, then, have 63 people decided to leave Shorter? Surely there is some answer that surpasses the issue of the new Personal Lifestyle Statement. Could it be the interference of the GBC and the Board of Trustees in academic matters and the threat to academic integrity?
The latest resignations:
Shorter University departure # 63.
Ms. Laura McRaney
Director of International Programs
6 years of service
Shorter University departure #62.
Dr. Christopher Brown
Asst. Professor of Biology
Freshman Lab Coordinator
Shorter University departure #61
of Choral and Recruitment
Additionally, Provost Dr. Craig Shull “stepped down” as of June 1 to teach in the Adult and Professional Program. Eleven days later, the recently named Executive Vice President Dr. Donald Martin, recently of Dr. Dowless’ former employer, Charleston Southern, (where he had been named provost in March of this year) has now been additionally named as Provost. This despite the fact that there seems to have been no advertisements, search committee or meetings with faculty as has is the custom at colleges and universities across the nation.