The content that drove UVM’s Econ Department chair to ‘target’ me for removal

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

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

UVM has lawyered-up, again — Now they will not produce contractually required Dept of Economics FEGs (Faculty Evaluation Guidelines)

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)

UVM economics stuck in deadend thinking by defending its core curriculum?

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?

Getting out of Plato’s Cave with a dose of sociology of the economics profession

Everybody loves a little gossip, especially when it turns out to be true and reveals how reality is not what it appears to be (viz., exposing deceptions). That is why my favorite approach to inspiring students about economics was first and foremost sociological — informing students about how economics as a profession has constituted itself…Continue reading Getting out of Plato’s Cave with a dose of sociology of the economics profession

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?

My paper about being railroaded out of teaching by UVM’s Dept of Economics to be presented at international conference.

I’ve received official acceptance from the International Society for Ecological Economics of my paper about being removed from teaching at the University of Vermont under very questionable circumstances (and hostility to ecological models being presented to students). As I have written, myself and many others believe this was a purge by a gang of arrogant…Continue reading My paper about being railroaded out of teaching by UVM’s Dept of Economics to be presented at international conference.

The wheels of justice turn slowly, if at all, at UVM

I’ve been out skiing while I await the decision on my grievance for wrongful denial of reappointment at UVM. The Vermont Labor Relations Board should be making its decision in the next couple of weeks. It has already been two weeks since both parties filed final briefs (Proposed Findings of Fact and Conclusions of Law).…Continue reading The wheels of justice turn slowly, if at all, at UVM

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?