The battle of the words continues.
English Department co-chairs Peter Antelyes and Michael Joyce sent out a statement in response to Cappy's all-campus email yesterday. Here is an excerpt:
"In recent days the dean of faculty wrote to some students that, "With a department of about 30 faculty members, it is completely within their power to protect creative writing." To put it clearly, we see that number of thirty as misleading since it does not include our long-term non-tenure track faculty. We are, in fact, a united department of full and part-time, tenured, tenure line, and continued non-tenure track faculty members. And in response to the economic crisis and the recommendations from the Dean's Office, we have already trimmed eight offerings from our initial proposed staffing plan for the coming year and have offered alternate ways to reduce three more.
"We have shown ourselves to be willing to work with the Dean's Office to address what we all recognize to be a dire financial situation, and we have tried to do so in good faith to maintain a vibrant writing program for our students, while standing by extraordinary faculty who may lose their jobs in a devastated economy.
"We are arguing, finally, for a larger vision of the curriculum as a whole, and have been working with the Dean's Office to find ways for all of us to participate in that larger discussion."
Check out the comments page for this post to see the whole statement.