Colorado Sociology Department Rebels Against Its Chair

Colorado Sociology Department Rebels Against Its Chair 1

Glenn Asakawa, U. of Colorado

After members of the department, at the U. of Colorado at Boulder, took steps to replace Joanne E. Belknap as chairwoman, she announced that she would quit the leadership post. Part of the turmoil in the department stems from her handling of concerns about a professor's skit on prostitution.

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Glenn Asakawa, U. of Colorado

After members of the department, at the U. of Colorado at Boulder, took steps to replace Joanne E. Belknap as chairwoman, she announced that she would quit the leadership post. Part of the turmoil in the department stems from her handling of concerns about a professor's skit on prostitution.

The sociology department at the University of Colorado at Boulder has been thrown into upheaval partly as a result of dissatisfaction over how its chairwoman acted last fall against a professor who staged a classroom skit on prostitution.

The department’s faculty moved last month to replace its chairwoman, Joanne E. Belknap, who has responded to their complaints by announcing her intent to quit that leadership position and by suspending all formal department meetings. Her