After the Poll went live Friday 9/18 at 5:00 and before we could post this (7:24 am on 9/19) seven comments regarding the Poll had already appeared under three different posts ("Deck Chairs," "Deans List," "Evelyn comments...").
To make the comment thread on the topic of the Faculty Poll easier to follow, we have regrouped those initial comments under this post and request that if you wish to comment on the Poll specifically, please do so below rather than under a different post. Since comments can be deleted from a post but cannot be moved from one post to another, we have recopied the initial "Faculty Poll" comments below, in the order received.
PS. This just in from the Arizona Daily Star: "Deans List: Turnover at the Top."
Before you vote, consider this: How many deans have recently been replaced at the UA - one or two?
Or is it eight or nine?
See the update (9/19) on our "Deans List" post below, for a list of the deans recently replaced, and the discussion by Becky Pollack in the online Arizona Daily Star.
Why have that many deans been replaced?
To know why people writing to this forum are concerned (more than 250 comments in 3 weeks, not counting the unprintable ones), please take the time to read the comments they have added to the various posts below.
Initial comments on the Faculty Poll (for later ones, see below)
Check your emails folks. A faculty sponsored poll of our current situation is going live at 5PM today.
I have not seen the wording of it yet, but please vote.
September 18, 2009 5:00 PM
Check your email for the poll issued today at 5PM by the Faculty Senate.
And...I should say...I strongly appreciate our faculty leadership for taking this poll.
September 18, 2009 5:10 PM
What does this poll mean? For those who wish a leadership change, I would argue that this could be a big problem.
First, what does it mean if dissatisfaction or no confidence is shown? At what level must the dissatisfaction reach for anyone do to anything? 55-45? 75-25? On a scale of 1-5, a 1.5 or a 3.5?
If the results of the poll are that there is no confidence, then is this a vote of no confidence or is it just a reason to, yet again, for the hundredth time, demand more transparency and accountability.
Now, let me ask the other side. What if the poll comes out with support? Then the claim can be that there is just no real problem here and that the gripers are in the minority...and we move on. Right?
I don't mean to sound cynical, but there are a host of ways for "nothing to be done" on the basis of this poll.
I hope I a wrong.
September 18, 2009 6:22 PM
IF the faculty want to show the administration that they have any spine at all... WE MUST vote in the online poll.
If only 80 people vote, it shows the central administration that we are too apathetic to even take that meager step in having our voices heard.
PLEASE VOTE IN THE ONLINE POLL ASAP.
September 18, 2009 8:02 PM
I agree, thank you to the faculty leadership for putting out this poll.
It is now our duty, as faculty, to step up and VOTE! And encourage our colleagues to vote.
Make your voice heard, loud and clear.
September 18, 2009 8:06 PM
If you have looked at the online poll, one question specifically asks if you have confidence in the current administration's ability to lead this university forward.
Vote No Confidence.
September 18, 2009 8:09 PM
Lynn Nadel said...
No poll is perfect. Democracy can be a bit messy. But, let's leave the interpretive questions to later, when the results are in. We tried to create a poll that was as neutral as possible and that would give faculty a chance to express their opinions in a somewhat nuanced way (eg., 1 to 5 rather than yes-no). We wanted it to be short, so that people would do it, rather than much longer and inclusive of many different questions one could ask. We are trying to make things better here, and hopefully the knowledge that is gained from this Poll will do that.
That knowledge will include not only what people say, but how many bother to say anything at all.
September 19, 2009 6:29 AM