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.
Following 2018 commencement, Patty Corcoran, UVM’s beloved Associate Dean of the College of Arts & Sciences (CAS), retired from UVM after 37 years of service. To honor her a new wooden bench was installed at 438 College Street, which has inscribed on it the following: “For Patty, who would always sit and listen.” Yes, indeed,…Continue reading Patty’s Bench: UVM honors a retiring associate dean and her gift for listening to students, but ignores what she heard
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
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
Balancing on my Hobie “Peter Pan Slug” long board as sets of ocean waves passed under me at Narragansett Beach in Rhode Island last week, my thoughts naturally turned to the idea of equilibrium — equilibrium with Nature. There I was — balancing while sitting on my surf board, balancing while paddling to catch waves,…Continue reading Debunking the Chair’s “error” claim (an infidel defends his use of quotation marks around the word “equilibrium”)
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?
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 Vermont Labor Relations Board (VLRB) has issued its decision in response to my wrongful denial of reappointment grievance — the VLRB “dismissed” it, stating there was no evidence to support the claim. As I have written before, I knew the VLRB would have a difficult task making a decision in my favor. So it was…Continue reading Vermont Labor Relations Board Cover-Up?
The following 100 proposed facts represent the evidence in support of my conclusions of law sent to the Vermont Labor Relations Board (VRLB) on March 1, 2018. The facts below, particularly #44, stand as an indictment ofUVM’s top brass, its Department of Economics (particularly its Chair) and the overall process of faculty review. As I…Continue reading Nothing but the facts — 100 proposed findings of facts, in fact, that you need to know about my case against UVM’s Economics Department.