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UPDATE: As of June 14, 2016, both Dr. Jeffrey Fortin and Dr. Clare Mehta have been awarded tenure and promoted to Associate professor. The promotion was announced in a Portal announcement from President Sister Janet and reads as follows:
To: The Emmanuel College Community
From: Sister Janet Eisner, SND, President
Date: June 14, 2016
Re: Promotion & Tenure Announcement
I am pleased to announce that the Board of Trustees has approved my recommendation and has voted the following:
To grant tenure to Jeffrey Fortin, Ph.D. in the Department of History and to award promotion to the rank of Associate Professor.
To grant tenure to Clare Mehta, Ph.D. in the Department of Psychology andto award promotion to the rank of Associate Professor.
To grant tenure to Xiaowei Zhao, Ph.D. in the Department of Psychology and to award promotion to the rank of Associate Professor.
Please join me in congratulating these members of the College faculty. The promotion and tenure process for the 2015-16 academic year is now complete.
It has been confirmed that Dr. Jeffrey Fortin of the History department and Dr. Clare Mehta of the Psychology have been denied tenure and promotion.
In an email on May 19, Chair of the History department, Dr. Javier Marion, confirmed that, “Professor Fortin was denied tenure but he will file an appeal with the President’s office.”
Chair of the Psychology department, Dr. Linda Lin, also confirmed via an email on May 19 that, “Dr. Mehta was denied promotion and tenure at the College.”
It is also speculated, but not confirmed, that Mehta will file an appeal with the college as well.
In response to this news, students took to social media to voice their thoughts and opinions on the matter. Students are encouraged to use #MoneyTalksTeachersWalk in their tweets. This hashtag was used two years ago when Dr. Chris Craig, Assistant Professor of English was denied tenure and promotion and Lecturer in Political Science Professor Christina Kulich-Vamvakas’ contract was not renewed.
Marcie Paez ’17 is behind the revival of the S.A.I.N.T.s page. She says that, “The purpose of this student led protest is to ensure that professors who have brought change and knowledge to Emmanuel College, are treated fairly and receive an equal chance to tenure. Throughout the years, we have seen many professors leave Emmanuel due to the process and handling of their application to the Promotion and Tenure Committee. Many of them have made a major impact to the student body, and even the college as a whole, challenging them to be better and do better.”
Paez goes on to say, “While we stand for Dr. Jeffrey Fortin and Dr. Clare Mehta, and we wish to see the action of denying them tenure reversed, we are doing this to avoid the loss of professors that students love and adore, whom have thrived under their instruction, and wish to continue to do so. As a student body, we sit in these classrooms and learn from them, and no one knows their professors better than the students themselves. To have little to no student input on who stays and leaves goes completely against the Emmanuel College goal to have a school in which student voice matters, and taken into careful consideration.”
Students are encouraged to continue the conversation using #MoneyTalksTeachersWalk and submitting op-eds to The Hub. Students can also submit letters of support to Sister Janet who, as president of the college, will review the professors’ appeals. Letters can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
I've taken 7 history classes at EC and have had 6 different professors teaching those classes. That's not a good thing.
— Peter (@petahchip19) May 19, 2016
I don't just speak for myself when I say that this man honestly changed my entire life and I'm going to be completely lost without him.
— Nicole Varca (@NicoleVarca) May 19, 2016
scrolling through Twitter for some evening laughs only to find out the worst news about two beloved professors @EmmanuelCollege DO BETTER
— KT (@harringtonkaty) May 19, 2016
I never had the privilege of having these professors but Im sad to see that some people just lost their role models #MoneyTalksTeachersWalk
— Michela Tufts (@MichelaTufts) May 19, 2016
wouldn't have the confidence to go down the career path i am w/o dr. mehta and her inspiring me to do so. #MoneyTalksTeachersWalk
— carly (@CarlyColby) May 19, 2016
— KT (@harringtonkaty) May 19, 2016
I chose Emmanuel bc I believed that it was a place where I´d be able to make lasting connections w/ faculty#MoneyTalksTeachersWalk
— Darien (@darien_rose) May 19, 2016
I love Emmanuel. I literally bleed blue & gold. I just don't get it. Why do this to our connections? To our mentors? #MoneyTalksTeachersWalk
— Caitlyn Reilly (@CaityCait317) May 19, 2016
Emmanuel wants to improve its academic reputation but continues to refuse to hire tenured staff and keep hiring adjuncts
— Rich Homie Jan (@jantrousilek) May 19, 2016
— Paola Nathalie (@nathivas) May 19, 2016
— Meaghan Brown (@meaghan_brown) May 20, 2016
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