My appeal of the Vermont Labor Relations Board’s decision dismissing a grievance I filed for wrongful denial of reappointment as an economics teacher was stopped dead in its tracks on April 3, 2019 when the Supreme Court refused to allow incriminating evidence into the record. The evidence proves the University of Vermont (UVM), and UVM’s…Continue reading UVM’s Aggressive Evidence Suppression Efforts Pay Off
During an interview that the news outlet VTdigger did with me, in the wake of the ruling by Vermont’s Supreme Court affirming the Vermont Labor Relations Board’s (VLRB) dismissal of my wrongful termination grievance, the reporter asked for evidence to support statements I made in my press release following the high court’s decision. The following…Continue reading VTdigger nixes interview with UVM’s Faculty Standards Committee whistleblower.
I recently interviewed Kevin Sterling, a former economics student at the University of Vermont, who helped organize and lead a student coalition to diversify UVM’s Department of Economics core curriculum before he graduated in 2015. He is currently writing a book about ecological economics, inspired by his experiences at UVM and what he sees as…Continue reading “When I fought with the Economics Department to integrate ecological economics and other schools of thought, it was only so that the University could be better,” says a former student in UVM’s Department of Economics
In many of my courses taught over eight years at UVM between 2009 and 2017 (before I was purged from teaching by a Chair bent on making sure I would never get reappointed), I frequently showed a film to students titled The End of Poverty?, which explores the issue of causes of worldwide poverty, arguing it is…Continue reading The content that drove UVM’s Econ Department chair to “target” me for removal
Below are some extracts from communication with me by a former UVM Dean of the College of Arts & Sciences (who clearly sees through the subterfuge). I will not reveal the person’s name in order to protect the former official from retaliation by UVM. A former UVM dean: “It is clear they [UVM’s Dept. of…Continue reading A former Dean of the College of Arts & Sciences at the University of Vermont concludes that the facts point to UVM Department of Economics “targeting” me
It is hard to be surprised by UVM’s arbitrary behavior anymore, but the latest in a round of emails with me about missing FEGs makes clear something is seriously amiss up on the hill. Pursuant to the Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) that UVM has with its teachers and United Academics (UA), a copy of approved…Continue reading UVM has lawyered-up, again — Now they will not produce contractually required Dept of Economics FEGs (Faculty Evaluation Guidelines)
The core curriculum in the UVM economics department is particularly disengenuous because some of its own faculty don’t believe any of it. I know at least three UVM economists who think it is pure garbage but don’t tell students they think this way. In fact, one revealed to me that if assigned to teach it,…Continue reading UVM economics stuck in deadend thinking by defending its core curriculum?
Below is a post by economist Steve Keen about my situation at the University of Vermont (UVM) in its economics department. Please read it and share in social media to spread the word about how UVM abuses its discretion when it comes to teachers that don’t conform to the tastes of some of its powerful…Continue reading UVM economics “penalizes” rethinking economics
The Vermont Labor Relations Board (VLRB) denied my Motion to Reconsider their decision following revelations that the VLRB chair is in an ethically conflicted relationship with UVM, or gives the impression to any reasonable person that financial, professional, personal and prejudicial factors pose or appear to pose a potential for conflict of interest. The VLRB…Continue reading For the record – my Reply to UVM’s Opposition to my Motion to Reconsider (and Recuse)
“John is a huge asset to UVM…exceptional, approachable, fair and challenging…students enjoy his teaching.” — Associate Dean Patricia Corcoran, Director of UVM’s Student Affairs Division. The above words were taken from a letter written by Dean Corcoran in support of my reappointment as lecturer in the University of Vermont’s Department of Economics, where I successfully…Continue reading Help me get a fair hearing of my grievance for wrongful denial of my right to teach in the UVM’s economics department