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Sherry Richer: Case #4

Characterization of Institution

Comprehensive I, State University

Characterization of Department

M.A. in English (literature/rhetoric and composition)
B.A. in English (literature, esl, teaching of English, creative writing)

How would Sherry Richer’s case turn out in your department?  At your university/college?

If Dr. Richer continues on her current path, she will be denied tenure. As much as the university and the department likes to reward innovative uses of technology, as of yet her scholarship online and in print is insufficient for tenure.

What are the Department Chair’s responsibilities toward Richer? Which did she/he fulfill?  Fail?

A bulletin board for use within the department would be considered service, comparable to developing a handbook for graduate instructors.

What are the Personnel Committee’s responsibilities toward Richer?  Which  did they fulfill?  Fail?


What are the responsibilities of the Dean?  Which did she/he fulfill?  Fail?

I would advise Dr. Richer to develop her ethnographic study into a book-length study–or at least into a series of articles.   If she finds this trajectory impossible, I would advise her to seek another position.

What are Richer’s responsibilities?  Which did she/he fulfill?  Fail?

If she finds this trajectory impossible, [she should] seek another position at a two-year college or a university with little interest in scholarly publication.

What went wrong?  What went right?


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