Faculty union: 'No confidence' vote on MCTC leader

  • Article by: JENNA ROSS , Star Tribune
  • Updated: December 19, 2012 - 9:11 PM

Faculty members say they don't trust President Phil Davis to make necessary changes, but he has the support of MnSCU chancellor.

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jarlmnDec. 19, 12 9:10 PM

They don't trust him to better the campus culture.... meaning, he won't genuflect to their Union.

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fmsfntdDec. 19, 12 9:28 PM

There have been years and years of the same concerns and problems being brought to the attention of the campus administration. The administration has not acted to address these issues up to this point. Why would the faculty believe that they will in the future? President Davis pays lip service to embracing the recommendations in the appraisal. But given his track record, campus faculty would be foolish to believe it. We've all heard his failed promises before.

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burr0108Dec. 19, 1210:37 PM

Is there a place where I can find what the concerns are? If consultants were brought in, there clearly are problems. Rosenstein's quip about a minority of faculty not wanting together misses the point. Instead of minimizing the union, he ought to be working with them to see how the culture can be improved with or without Davis as the head of staff.

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thingsarebadDec. 20, 1212:32 AM

This is witch hunt by a few vocal members of the faculty that don't get everything they want in these times of budget constraints. The President of the Faculty Union is a puppet leader and the strings are being controlled by those still angry over the termination of the basketball program. President Davis has reached out but the few vocal members of the faculty that actually attend the union meetings planned and manipulated this action from the beginning and they will not move off of their position. The worst thing that could happen to MCTC and it's diverse student population is for President Davis to not be the President.

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elmore1Dec. 20, 12 4:04 AM

If the faculty members don't like it they are free to move elsewhere. I am sure that there are many qualified instructors who would be happy to have their jobs.

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tandabussDec. 20, 12 6:36 AM

It takes a lot for faculty to be willing to vote no confidence. Things with this guy must be really bad.

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dvsdan123Dec. 20, 12 8:03 AM

The budget is balanced. The college is financially sound. The union is upset. Can this guy move up to the U of M

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donsamuels1Dec. 20, 12 1:45 PM

Phil Davis has been a champion for the people of the Northside. MCTC has over 1300 Northside students, as a result of Davis’ leadership in bringing scholarships to low-income neighborhoods. The student body includes 118 percent more persons of color now than fifteen years ago and enrollment has grown by a third. I call on the faculty of color at MCTC to recognize this record of success.

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askateacherDec. 20, 1210:27 PM

Numbers matter. Yes students of color are now the majority at MCTC at 54%. Of all students enrolled 29% of white students graduate or transfer in 2 years, while 14% of African American females and 7% of African American males accomplish this task. One of many issues the most engaged faculty are concerned with is historic lack of leadership at the college around retention and completion for the most underserved students. Those at the college, in MNSCU leadership, and in the wider community satisfied with college leadership are satisfied with these numbers, those who courageously voted this week, in the anti-union climate in the country, at the college and in these comments, are not. Numbers matter; why when college leadership argues it has hired 22% faculty of color does it say we have 141 faculty but when it wants to minimize faculty involvement in the vote it says we have 378 faculty? If it is the first numbef 44out of 141 is signifucant. If the latter we do NOT have 22% faculty if color but closer to 10 or 11%. When leadership plays with numbers someone's hiding something. And make no mistake, there is much faculty silence bred if fear if retaliation, and with the highest adjunct rates in MNSCU, this is how leadership likes it- keep faculty temporary and frightened. Those who assert there is nothing here are benefitting from the current structure, those who speak want better for students.

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