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Open Season on the Faculty
Word is out in academia that the College is in a bad way, and our sister schools are taking advantage: a good number of professors are being aggressively recruited by other institutions. I have spoken to members of the faculty who have been approached out of the blue, and heard from folks about multiple members of the same department being aggressively courted by leading universities.
The Department of Economics has lost a tenured husband and wife: Robert Johnson and Taryn Dinkelman. They are off to Notre Dame, tempted, it seems, by Catholic generosity. It’s always a shame to lose a couple; one weakness of the Hanover area is the absence of job opportunities for the so-called trailing spouse. A pair of scholars, self-evidently, does not face this challenge:
Sociologist Denise Anthony is returning to Michigan after an undistinguished run in Hanover. She headed up the team that prepared Carol Folt’s utterly forgotten strategic plan, and when Phil picked her up as Vice Provost for Academic Initiatives, well, it was clear to anyone paying attention that his administration was to be little better than the two and a half Presidencies that came before him.
Addendum: An alumnus writes in:
Denise Anthony’s departure from the College on the Hill for Michigan will have the effect of increasing the average IQ at both places.
Addendum: Anthony was appointed Vice Provost for Academic Initiatives for a four-year term on October 01, 2014. On May 31, 2017, after two years and eight months on the job, the administration announced that she would “return to teaching and research as a professor of sociology.” Yet another failed appointment for the chaotic Hanlon administration.
Addendum: An alumnus writes in:
Thanks for re-opening the discussion on the ‘Brain Drain’ at Dartmouth. It is very real and accelerating. If I were a top notch professor, I’d be looking for greener (pun intended) pastures as well. It has got to be very tough to work under such uninspiring leadership. You would expect an organization whose avowed purpose is to produce the leaders of tomorrow would have the sense to have great leadership directing that effort. Apparently Dartmouth doesn’t get it, and a lot of great teachers are considering other options.
My gut and good old common sense tells me that it would only take a few of those disappointed professors to author that much needed ‘vote of no confidence’ that would fix the problem immediately. Far better to lose an incompetent administrator than to have many great professors leave for more challenging academic positions at institutions of higher learning that would graciously — and at higher salaries — welcome them with open arms.
Sometimes it makes perfect sense to change horses in the middle of a raging stream, rather than wait for the flood to subside. England chose Winston Churchill to save the world in the middle of its greatest crisis. Dartmouth College chose Phil Hanlon to insure Dartmouth’s decline, and the Trustees appear unwilling to do what is necessary before the damage becomes irreversible. Too many battles have been lost in the interests of saving face. Many more have been won because great leaders were willing to take risks. Let’s take that risk.
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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