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

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

New institutionalism — fairytales passing as economic science?

The late Cambridge economist, Joan Robinson, once made the sociologically astute comment: “The purpose of studying economics is not to acquire a set of ready-made answers to economic questions, but to learn how to avoid being deceived by economists.”  I used to share this with all my students and have a discussion about it as…Continue reading New institutionalism — fairytales passing as economic science?

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

Not so fond memories of UVM’s Dept of Economics

As I await my grievance hearing before the Vermont Labor Relations Board for wrongful denial of reappointment by UVM’s Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, I have had some time to reflect on my eight years teaching at UVM’s Dept of Economics, and questioning why we tolerate so much in the workplace that just…Continue reading Not so fond memories of UVM’s Dept of Economics

UVM flacks for Wall Street by pushing ‘free market’ economics

I came across an interesting article recently that was written for the Stowe Reporter by a former UVM student who laments the “calcification” of economic education as embodied in the economics core curriculum at UVM and in most colleges and universities. The points made in the opinion piece reminded me of arguments I make in…Continue reading UVM flacks for Wall Street by pushing ‘free market’ economics

Prosecutor in Chief – UVM’s Dept of Economics Chair moved to suppress evidence of my teaching effectiveness

Take a look at the email I found today in the pile of emails released per my public records request (see link below).  It is an email showing Econ. Dept. Chair Solnick acting like a prosecutor trying to have Associate Dean Patty Corcoran’s letter of support for my reappointment removed from my dossier before sending…Continue reading Prosecutor in Chief – UVM’s Dept of Economics Chair moved to suppress evidence of my teaching effectiveness