Whitman Wire

Wire Obtains Leaked Document

Page 1 of the document leaked to The Wire

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 of FTE (Full Time Equivalent) by 19.5 by the end of the 2020-2021 academic year. President M...

Letter to the Editor: Re: Letter to Faculty

Dana Burgess, Classics Department Chair and Charles E. and Margery B. Anderson Endowed Professor of Humanities

October 31, 2017

The Whitman faculty under the current administration is somewhat like the Republican Senate under Trump; neither can openly say what they think for fear of damaging progress toward their goals.

Keeping Tenure on Track

Mitchell Smith, Editor in Chief

January 26, 2017

Tenure evaluation guidelines modified to better-reflect “Whitman values”

New Study Suggests Positive Relationship Between Tenure and Apathy

Trevor Lewis, staff writer

March 10, 2016

While it has yet to be peer-reviewed, a groundbreaking new study from Georgetown University researchers points to a strong negative correlation between achieving tenure and caring about things. I reached out to Professor Gregory T. Phillips, lead researcher of the now famous tenure apathy study and...

ASWC seeks to increase student input on tenure

ASWC seeks to increase student input on tenure

Natalie Berg

November 20, 2014

ASWC representatives are preparing a resolution based on research of the process for granting tenure at Whitman's 12 comparison colleges, in response to students' desire to become more involved in the college's process of hiring and granting tenure to professors. Several controversial decisions in...

Media Studies Professor’s Departure Raises Questions About Hiring Process

Media Studies Professor's Departure Raises Questions About Hiring Process

Hannah Bartman

December 12, 2013

Whitman College has hired Tarik Elseewi as the new tenure-track assistant professor of film and media studies beginning in the fall semester of 2014. The administration's choice, however, has been met with mixed reactions from students. Current Visiting Assistant Professor of Film and Media Studies Annie Petersen was not hired for the ...

New Faculty Beat the Odds

New Faculty Beat the Odds

Lachlan Johnson

September 12, 2013

Whitman College welcomed nine new tenure-track professors to campus this September after a long application process that chose each professor out of a pool of hundreds of applicants. The new faculty will teach subjects in every academic division, ranging from dance and rhetoric studies to geology and...

Piano Professor’s Departure Upsets Music Students

Sarah Cornett

November 15, 2012

In the past three years, the Whitman music department has undergone monumental shifts in its faculty, both tenure-track and temporary. After a recent decision to not rehire highly esteemed piano specialist Melissa Loehnig, some music students are questioning the policies of the administration and the...

Personnel committee denies Alberto’s appeal for tenure

Josh Goodman

May 16, 2012

Alberto G.*, assistant professor of foreign languages and literatures for Spanish, was again denied tenure after the faculty personnel committee reconsidered his case. Alberto, who has been at Whitman for six years, applied for tenure during the Fall 2011 semester, as is typical of sixth-year assistant...

Sudden dismissal of dance instructor causes concern

Karah Kemmerly

March 11, 2012

Recently faculty decisions have motivated a desire amongst students to become more involved in Whitman's hiring process. The dance department is no exception. The decision not to renew Instructor of Modern Dance Vicki Lloid's contract has provoked surprise and concern from Whitman students involved...

Letter to the editor: Appreciation for Alberto G. Support

March 1, 2012

To the Editor, As students who advocated further review of Professor Alberto G.'s* tenure application, we would like commend The Pioneer for its thoughtful and accurate coverage. In particular, we found the Editorial Board's critique of student evaluations timely and stimulating. We also thank th...

Tenure controversy provokes student outcry

Graphic by Katie Berfield

Kelsey Kennedy

February 9, 2012

This article was co-authored by Susanna Bowers. The news that Assistant Professor of Spanish Alberto G.* did not receive  tenure came as a surprise to many on campus, provoking confusion and sparking conversation about the tenure process among students and faculty. Achieving tenure is among the d...

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