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Statement from UM-Dearborn Faculty Senate to President Schlissel (Approved, Faculty Senate 06/16/2021)

We would like to convey our serious misgivings about the wording of Q14 in this year's administrative review of President Schlissel, as part of the AY2020-21 faculty Evaluation of Administrators. The question, added at the request of President Schlissel and not discussed by the AEC, asks faculty to rate their agreement with the statement: “UM-Ann Arbor should provide funding for students at UM-Flint and UM-Dearborn to benefit from the Go Blue Guarantee even if it means sacrificing academic excellence or lower salary growth on the Ann Arbor campus.”
We find this to be a leading question that seems to pit funding for Flint and Dearborn students against both the “academic excellence" and potential "salary growth" for AA faculty. It implies a zero-sum game between funding regional campuses and "salary growth" for AA employees. We find these aspects to be deeply troubling.
Although President Schlissel has now issued an apology to SACUA and faculty on the three campuses stating that the data from the question will not be used, we still consider it important to convey our concerns and to urge that an inclusive approach be consistently used not just in communication but in policy. Suggesting that the three campuses are competitors, rather than partners, is in direct opposition to the president serving the entire University of Michigan as well as the One University and DEI initiatives that have gained support among faculty and students on all three campuses.
The Flint, Ann Arbor, and Dearborn campuses fill complementary roles as parts of the University of Michigan system, and work best to serve our state when we encourage cross-campus collaborations. Instead, encouraging faculty to think of the three campuses as in competition with each other, and the branch campuses as a threat to Ann Arbor, creates an environment that makes these kinds of productive and mutually beneficial collaborations more difficult.

Faculty Senate Sponsors Community Read for 2021-2022

Community Read is a program of the First Year Experience Committee of Faculty Senate (co-chairs Holly Sorscher and Margaret Willard-Traub), modeled after the Big Read of the National Endowment for the Arts. The intent is for students, especially those new to campus, to engage with the topic from several disciplinary perspectives. 

The selection for 2021-2022 is William D. Lopez's Separated: Family and Community in the Aftermath of an Immigration Raid. The book traces wide-ranging economic, social, psychological, heath, and educational fallout from one ICE raid in 2013 in Washtenaw County, Michigan. Dr. Lopez is an assistant professor at the UM School of Public Health. He will be answering questions about his work as part of the programming planned for the year, which will also include "Books and Brews" events, and a panel discussion.

The reading for 2020-2021 was How to Be an Antiracist, by Ibram X. Kendi. UM-Dearborn faculty members prepared video presentations on individual book chapters for use in classes or as guides to prepare class presentations. These chapter video commentaries are available on the UM YouTube playlist. The Mardigian Library also has several web pages devoted to Antiracism resources.

With this selection, UM-Dearborn joined thousands of other reading circles using Kendi's books and videos, or similar books and videos, as guides to effecting changes in behavior and policy. The Faculty Senate encourages all faculty members at UM-Dearborn to consider ways in which Kendi's How to Be an Antiracist, excerpts from the book, similar books, videos, or other resources can be incorporated into classes across the curriculum.

Dearborn Discovery Core Changes Being Implemented

In June 2019 the University Curriculum Development Committee (UCDC) of Faculty Senate released its proposed revisions to requirements in the Dearborn Discovery Core (DDC).  Proposed revisions were considered by Faculty Senate from October 2019 through March 2020. Approved revisions are being implemented to take full effect in fall term, 2021.

Faculty Senate Meeting Dates  2020-2021

During the academic year 2020-2021, Faculty Senate met virtually once a month on Monday afternoons, 3:30-5:00 pm. The full UM-Dearborn meeting schedule for AY 2020-2021 is available on the Faculty Senate web pages. Faculty Congress met once virtually on March 29, 2021. Meetings for AY 2021-2022 will be posted in AUGUST 2021. Meeting information for University of Michigan Senate Assembly, which represents all three campuses, are located on the Senate Assembly web page. 

Regents Issue Memorial Statements for Two UM-Dearborn Faculty Senators 

At their meeting of December 6, 2018, the UM Regents adopted Memorial Statements for two UM-Dearborn faculty members who died in 2018, Associate Professor Bruce Elenbogen (CECS) and Professor Elsayed Orady (CECS).  Both Elenbogen and Orady were active members of Faculty Senate over many years, serving as Senators representing their college and as members of several Senate committees. Orady also served as Senate Chair in 2003-2004, and as Vice Chair in 2010 and 2011. Their memorial statements were framed and presented to their families by Faculty Senate and were published in the Regents' minutes for December 6, 2018.


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