More Drama at University of Florida
So today we've learned (through a little bird) that the three departments targeted for cuts in the college (religion, communication science and disorders and geological sciences) all have something in common. The current Dean of the college has only held that position for about 8 months. Previously he was at Kansas University (which has a very strong geology program). The Dean was interim, but is now the provost of the University. The interim Dean was also a candidate for the 'permanent' Dean's job. Here's where the story gets interesting. During the time that Glover served as interim Dean, he (along with UF) was named in two lawsuits. The Departments in which those lawsuits arose? Geological Sciences and religion. Consider that 8 months is not a long time for a new Dean to get to know each department in a large and diverse college. Consider that 'advice' on where to look for cuts may have originated from the previous interim Dean and you see where the story leads. So how does CS&D play into all of this? Well, the chair of CS&D was also the chair of the search committee for the new Dean. Her opinion on Glover? That he was not fit to serve as the dean of the college? 1,2,3 strikes and you're out? Who says politics does not play a role on campus?