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Sherry Richer: Case #4

Characterization of Institution

Research I

Characterization of Department

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

Professor Richer’s record is inadequate. Unless she radically changes her approach to scholarship in the next two years, we would be forced to let her go.  Unfortunately, this case is a no-brainer.

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

I would expect this case to be turned down at the departmental level. In fact it would be the responsibility of the English Department Head to make sure that she’s turned down. The head should have had a serious discussion with Richer way before this third year. If her case were to make it to the College, even with a couple of more publications it would be dismissed. After three years, only one print publication and an unrefereed book chapter at that.

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?


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


What went wrong?  What went right?


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