Student Government Senate Supports Rejected Lesbian Arts and Science Dean Candidate
The resolution read:
Therefore: Let it be recommended that, in the future, Marquette University be more honest and transparent in its hiring rationale.Of particular interest in the press release from Student Government describing last night’s meeting is this:
Furthermore: Let it be resolved that Marquette University Student Government abhors the University’s decision to rescind Dr. O’Brien’s offered contract.
Dr. L. Christopher Miller, vice president for student affairs, discussed issues regarding the release of Dr. Jodi O’Brien, former candidate for dean of the Colleges of Arts and Sciences, with the MUSG senate on Thursday night. Dr. Miller encouraged senate members and all university students to attend a discussion forum to be held on Tuesday, May 11 at 5:30 p.m. in the AMU ballrooms.This statement from Miller is plausible, but consider how damning it is.
“Pieces of scholarship were not reviewed when offered the position, then once reviewed were found to be in disagreement with Marquette values,” said Dr. Miller.
Dr. Miller also stressed that the release of Dr. O’Brien as a candidate was not due to discrimination: “It is not a part of who we are,” said Dr. Miller. “That is not the case.”
O’Brien was, according to the gay journal The Advocate, in the Dean search that took place in 2009. And then she made the short list for the 2010 search, interviewed and was extended an offer.
And all the while nobody bothered to read her scholar work.
(Or perhaps did read it and had no objection, and failed to honestly report what she had written.)
No matter how you cut it or slice it, it’s a fiasco.