Committee finds errors
in hiring process
bears responsibility for fostering an atmosphere
By Tim Williams
Daily Cougar Staff
A Faculty Senate subcommittee report found
that the dean of the College of Education should have sought input from
the faculty when selecting the chairperson for the Department of Educational
Leadership and Cultural Studies.
The subcommittee released the report during
the Faculty Senate meeting Wednesday at the Brown Room of the M.D. Anderson
The report was compiled by four members
of the Faculty Affairs Committee, which was created by Dean Robert Wimpelberg
in response to faculty concerns regarding the hiring of the current ELCS
chair, Richard Fossey.
"The Task Force found that the lack of
collective faculty input (during the installation of Fossey as chairperson)
undoubtedly contributed to the opposition that developed in the department,"
the report read.
The report cited the American Association
of University Professors' statement on government of colleges and universities.
"(A chairperson) should be selected either
by department election or by appointment following consultation with members
of the department," the report stated.
The subcommittee found that Wimpelberg
consulted with individual faculty members and held a single meeting with
the entire department about Fossey, but it proved to be "inadequate consultation."
They found Wimpelberg failed to present the reasons for Fossey's appointment
to faculty in a timely manner.
"Wimpelberg bears responsibility for fostering
an atmosphere of distrust that has developed within the department," the
In addition the task force found that Wimpelberg
failed to "adequately justify" the removal of former ELCS department chairman,
Richard Hooker, to the faculty.
The subcommittee also investigated if UH
affirmative action policies were violated when Fossey was hired. Although
the subcommittee found no violations of policy, it voiced its concern that
no national search had been conducted to fill the position.
The report will not be fully debated and
approved until the April Senate meeting. Subcommittee chairman Joseph Eichberg
said he hopes for a constructive discussion of the findings at that time.
In other business, UH President Arthur
K. Smith announced that UH alumni Jim Nantz would speak at this year's
general commencement. Nantz is a national sports broadcaster currently
announcing NCAA's "Final Four" basketball.
"Nantz is someone who our graduating students
can relate to," Smith said.