U. of Scranton Faculty Fights Effort to Yank Department Chairs From Its Ranks

U. of Scranton Faculty Fights Effort to Yank Department Chairs From Its Ranks 1

Courtesy Michael D. Friedman

Michael D. Friedman, a professor of English who is the faculty union's chairman, says the administration's plan "is completely against the traditional understanding of how things happen at the university."

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Courtesy Michael D. Friedman

Michael D. Friedman, a professor of English who is the faculty union's chairman, says the administration's plan "is completely against the traditional understanding of how things happen at the university."

The University of Scranton and its faculty are at loggerheads over the administration's plan to take over the selection of academic-department heads and give people in those positions too much supervisory power to remain eligible for union representation.

The Roman Catholic university's president, the Rev. Kevin P. Quinn, has argued that substantially improving the Pennsylvania institution's academic quality requires transforming academic-department chairs from elected faculty posts