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?

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?

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.

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