Former Faculty Member

This story comes from a former faculty member.

My Story:

I know that a few people have posted things to our FaceBook page that happened to them while at Shorter that they felt they were not at liberty to share while they were there. I would like to add my story.

My second year at Shorter, a few students got together to try and create a Gay-Straight Alliance. A few grew to many. They went through all the proper channels to try and make it an official, college-sponsored group with a constitution, SGA funding, etc. I volunteered to be the faculty adviser for the group, as it is a cause that is near and dear to my heart. A couple of months later I received a letter saying that my contract was not going to be renewed. After meeting with a few in upper administration, I was originally told that it was due to “general cutbacks” and that the axe fell to me because I was the newest hire.

But then a higher up who was a wonderful administrator and really DECENT human being told me the real reason in a closed-door, I-will-deny-this-in-court type meeting. He told me that if I kept my name affiliated with the group that there was no way my contract would be renewed. Long story a tiny bit shorter (no pun intended), I felt that I could best serve the LGBT students at Shorter if I remained there, so I removed my name from affiliation with the group but continued to advise in a completely secretive, unofficial capacity. My contract was renewed.

I stayed 2 more wonderful and challenging years and don’t regret a second of it…but that experience scarred me permanently and I never completely recovered from my lack of trust in that institution. And time and time again over those last 2 years, that lack of trust was fortified.

I am forever grateful for everything I learned from my students and my experience at Shorter–I am a better person, teacher, friend, and artist as a result. My heart continues to be broken for what is happening, yet I am strengthened by the knowledge that I have continued to stay in touch with so many of you that crossed my path there.

Light and love.

One response to “Former Faculty Member

  1. Sad and so intolerant (i.e. unChristian)

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