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Campus-wide in-person classes curtail living and learning pods

Tejashree Jadhav, Staff Reporter March 18, 2021

For the spring semester, Whitman's Residence Life introduced living and learning pods to the campus. They were initially designed to ensure that some students could safely be on campus without access to...

Students and alumni frustrated by President Murray’s characterization of FSR backlash as “misunderstandings”

Sean Gannon and Emma Fletcher-Frazer March 18, 2021

President Kathy Murray’s response to pervasive narratives about the FSR — which she deemed “misunderstandings" — has provoked annoyance and frustration from many students and alumni. Following...

“I think I have a right during a pandemic to protect myself however I see fit”: Faculty members conflicted over inability to change method of instruction

Emma Fletcher-Frazer, Sean Gannon, and Alasdair Padman December 24, 2020

On Oct. 8, the faculty received a survey requiring that they report their teaching method preferences — in-person, hybrid or online — for each of their Spring 2021 classes. But recently, faculty members...

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AAUP responds to administration’s decision to end multi-year contracts for non-tenure track faculty

Abby Malzewski, Staff Reporter November 5, 2020

On Oct. 12, Whitman’s chapter of the American Association of University Professors (AAUP) released a statement calling for the reinstatement of multi-year contracts for contingent, non-tenure track...

Whitman’s mid-cycle evaluation

Rosa Woolsey, News Reporter April 26, 2020

To maintain its status as an accredited institution, Whitman is currently undergoing its mid-cycle evaluation. This accreditation is a marker of the quality of higher education institutions.  Kendra...

Letter in support of Encounters faculty circulates

Grace Jackson, News Reporter February 20, 2020

A letter began circulating among faculty in January to show solidarity with the adjunct faculty members who will lose their jobs with the termination of the Encounters program. As of Tuesday, Feb. 18,...

More Hate Speech Flyers in Penrose

Audrey Hecker, Staff Reporter October 8, 2018

The recent discovery of hundreds of hate speech flyers found in Penrose Library was met promptly by Whitman staff. President Kathy Murray sent an email to the campus community on the issue, and library...

Cuts to Classics Cause Upset

Kate Grumbles, News Reporter March 8, 2018

During the February 28 faculty meeting, the Committee of Division Chairs (CDC) announced their recommendations for new tenure track positions, notably excluding the Classics department. The loss of a tenure...

Global Studies Initiative Revamped

Lindsey Brodeck, News Reporter December 5, 2017

After the completion of a yearlong external review, the Global Studies Steering Committee is ready to submit a series of proposals outlining the revamped Global Studies Initiative. GSI Director and...

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Wire Obtains Leaked Document

Chris Hankin, News Editor November 15, 2017

Documents leaked to The Wire by an anonymous source indicate Whitman’s specific benchmarks to return to a 10-1 student-to-faculty ratio. The document indicates that the author hopes to reduce the number...

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Faculty-focused SEC Shift

Ben Kunz, Staff Reporter October 2, 2017

In response to the new Strategic Priorities document, the Student Engagement Center has moved from the Dean of Students’ office to the Dean of Faculty’s office. The move into the Provost’s office...

GSI Year-in Review

Nick Maahs, Staff Reporter May 4, 2017

On October 21, 2015, then Provost and Dean of Faculty Pat Spencer announced that faculty would not be receiving course releases for their participation in the Global Studies Initiative. The decision effectively...

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