Wednesday, November 29, 2006

Law Student Paternalism

See here and here. Unmoderated (but very active) discussion here.

I might post some more detailed thoughts on this later, but my initial reaction is that this is absolutely ridiculous and any student that signed that petition should be ashamed of themselves for threatening academic freedom by politicizing the faculty hiring process.

But maybe I'm missing something here -- if so, can any University of Minnesota students enlighten me?

UPDATE: A Minnesota student in that section tells me that a big part of the outrage is due to one of the Co-Deans allegedly hiring this professor without going through the normal hiring process. If this is actually the case, why not protest the hiring decision for that reason instead of making it all about ideology?

ANOTHER UPDATE: For a great analysis from a current Minnesota law student, see here and here.

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3 Comments:

Blogger Ivan Ludmer said...

Because the hiring process was actually normal for temporary replacement professors.

But I tend to agree with you re: politicization of hiring and the problems with the petition, as I've been writing about on my blog.

11/29/2006 3:42 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

actually it wasn't normal. there were errors, and the deans admit to such. that doesn't change the fact that Delahunty will be teaching at UMN.

hth.

11/29/2006 4:21 PM  
Blogger Ivan Ludmer said...

From the letter the professors opposing the hiring sent out:

"It is standard practice at the Law School for the Dean(s) to hire such temporary replacements teacher [sic] without seeking the approval of the remainder of the faculty. We do not wish to challenge this authority."

The errors you refer to were errors by the Deans doing the hiring, not procedural.

11/29/2006 5:44 PM  

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