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BREAKING: Thayer Professor Jane Hill To Leave Post as Head of Allen House
The Student Assembly Executive Board learned last week that Thayer Professor Jane Hill will no longer be the faculty head of Allen House. Rumors are swirling around that she was fired by Dean of the College Rebecca Biron.
Hill’s supposed dismissal follows the unexpected departure in September of Biology Professor Ryan Calsbeek as the North Park House faculty member. After Calsbeek, a popular professor, left, students at North Park wondered whether he, too, had been dismissed.
Phil Hanlon’s house system is an interesting experiment in a certain respect: it is one of the rare places where the College’s faculty directly intersects with Provost Carolyn Dever’s (“Carolynclusion Deversity” to her friends) sprawling student affairs bureaucracy. In talking with other professors who have had the same unfortunate experience, it seems that faculty members’ spoken words, writing and other decisions are subject to an endless, fine-toothed-comb review by the PC police in the Dean of the College’s office. The army of sub-deans feels no reluctance to weigh in regarding the behavior of and the language used by Dartmouth’s professors in the context of their work with students. How they presume to have the right to do this is beyond me. The support staff should do no more than support the faculty.
The broader context here is that the precipitous departures of Calsbeek and Hill — they both left early in the first year of a four-year stint — will certainly give pause to any professors who wish to replace them. This chilling effect virtually guarantees that future House heads will be PC conformists in synch with the Dean of the College’s staff. Out the window goes personality, originality and any other characteristics that might enchant students.
And so the College declines in yet another area — one that has only begun.
Addendum: Watch Professor Hill discuss her innovative research in advanced diagnostics:
Addendum: For additional fun, watch Hill tackle a Buddy Teevens ‘79/John Currier ‘79 MVP.
Addendum: How can The D not have picked up the story of Hill’s departure?
August 14, 2013
Breaking: Of Crips and Bloods and Memories of Ghetto Parties
History repeats itself, first as tragedy and then as farce, or sometimes it just repeats itself. From the New York Times on November 30, 1998: At Dartmouth College, white students at a ”ghetto party” dressed…
June 25, 2013
Dean of the College Charlotte Johnson’s War on Students Part (2/2)
Part 1, Part 2 Today’s post again recounts the events that befell the Freshman. However, the content of the Hanover Police department report reproduced in this space yesterday is supplemented by information from my own…
October 18, 2009
When Love Beckoned in 52nd Street
We were at San Francisco’s BIX last evening, enjoying prosecco, cheese, and a bit of music. A full year of inhabitation in Northern California has unraveled to me no decent venue for proper lounging, but…
October 9, 2009
D Afraid of a Little Competish
So our colleague and Dartblog writer Joe Asch informed me that the D has rejected our cunning advertising campaign. Uh-oh. The Dartmouth is widely known as a breeding ground for instant New York Times successes,…
September 4, 2009
How Regents Should Reign
As Dartmouth alumni proceed through the legal hoops necessary to defuse a Board-packing plan—which put in unhappy desuetude an historic 1891 Agreement between alumni and the College guaranteeing a half-democratically-elected Board of Trustees—it strikes one…
August 29, 2009
Election Reform Study Committee
If you are an alum of the College on the Hill, you may have received a number of e-mails of late beseeching your input for a new arm of the College’s Alumni Control Apparatus called…
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