Whistleblower says UVM economics department chair was “out to get” me

Whistleblower comes forward to let me know I am not alone. UVM’s highly respected 5-member Faculty Standards Committee (FSC) has watched many a department chair in action.   After all, it reviews scores of reappointment decisions and in doing so observes the practices and procedures of department chairs who are responsible for conducting these reviews.…Continue reading Whistleblower says UVM economics department chair was “out to get” me

Did the Provost mislead UVM’s president in his first briefing about my fight back against UVM?

One of my favorite emails obtained through a public records request was sent by Provost David Rosowsky to President Thomas Sullivan of UVM in Spring 2017. Why one of my favorites? Because the Provost, who is known among insiders to not get along at all with the President, actually appears to have misled the Prez!…Continue reading Did the Provost mislead UVM’s president in his first briefing about my fight back against UVM?

UVM’s privacy intrusion partially halted by Vermont Labor Relations Board

The following press release was sent out today from Rise Up Filming, LLC (full disclaimer — it is my film company). As is made abundantly clear in the press release (below), if you are party to any dispute involving UVM (directly or indirectly), it can lead to UVM seizing your emails without you knowing it.…Continue reading UVM’s privacy intrusion partially halted by Vermont Labor Relations Board

My real crime in UVM’s Econ Dept: Being a popular heterodox teacher who was using heterodox textbooks

UVM’s allegation that I did not teach standard economics models ‘fully and fairly’ before criticizing them stems from visits to my international trade theory lectures by three peers. Two of them made the serious allegation even though the models had already largely been presented during the two weeks prior to their visits (with precision and full…Continue reading My real crime in UVM’s Econ Dept: Being a popular heterodox teacher who was using heterodox textbooks

Extra credit for beating up students who challenge mainstream assumptions in UVM’s Dept. of Economics?

In my long (well into the second year) and ongoing fight-back against wrongful denial of reappointment as a lecturer in the University of Vermont’s Dept. of Economics (after 8 years of teaching at UVM full-time and nearly 30 years teaching economics), only a few faculty at UVM have had the courage to say anything at…Continue reading Extra credit for beating up students who challenge mainstream assumptions in UVM’s Dept. of Economics?

And voilà – you have a foundation to begin your economic analysis!

I just love this well-written and funny summary of what is so frustrating about studying economics and its bag of “tricks.” For the few students not so prone to robotic regurgitation of core economic models taught by a mostly naive economics profession (in terms of their own poor training outside standard model economics), this will…Continue reading And voilà – you have a foundation to begin your economic analysis!

A “sort of nepotism running rampant in university economic departments” – yep, and I am a victim of it.

The UVM economics department has moved from the left to the right during the past 20 years with the pattern of hires, fires, quits, deaths and retirement. Today, despite a few so-called ‘prog’ economists left, UVM economics has emerged now dominated by neoclassicals, while the remaining few who call themselves non-neoclassical have moved to tolerable,…Continue reading A “sort of nepotism running rampant in university economic departments” – yep, and I am a victim of it.

Nothing but a ‘third-rate, non-academic’. One lovely comment to Rick Wolff’s interview with me in NYC

If you would like to get a clear summary of the facts regarding my removal from teaching by UVM’s Dept of Economics and the Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, have a listen to  (or watch) the interview economist Rick Wolff conducted with me in the studios of Manhattan Neighborhood Network (MNN) July…Continue reading Nothing but a ‘third-rate, non-academic’. One lovely comment to Rick Wolff’s interview with me in NYC

The new astrology? Where most Econ departments are headed.

While this piece hardly goes far enough in terms of the sociology of economics, particularly the rise in the late 19th century of Marginalism (arguably as a counterweight to Marxism, partially explaining its easy acceptance among elites), there is no question that this very interesting critique of modern economics by Alan Jay Levinovitz goes a…Continue reading The new astrology? Where most Econ departments are headed.