I am happy to announce that Prof. Paul LaFollette of Computer and Informational Sciences in the College of Science and Technology will become the Editor of The Faculty Herald on July 1st. We are very lucky to have landed Paul. As many of you know, he is a past President of the Senate and its current Secretary. All who know him will attest to his dogged commitment to faculty governance, the depth and breadth of his knowledge of and affection for Temple, and his strong sense of fair play. Then there’s the remarkable range of his expertise and intellectual interest: He’s an M. D. who practiced emergency medicine for a decade before becoming a professor in CIS. He’s also a devoted musician, and among those quoted on his webpage are Eisenhower, Gandhi, Blake, Dickinson, Hindemith, and Paul’s own distant relative, the great Progressive Bob LaFollette, Sr. As you might expect from someone who cites such excellent models, he also knows how to put a sentence together.
So I leave The Herald knowing that it is in excellent hands under Paul’s direction. Like me, he’ll have the invaluable help of our assistant editor, Kime Lawson, a grad student in History; the assistance of the wonderful Cheryl Mack in the Faculty Senate office; and the sage counsel of our Editorial Board, chaired by the estimable Rebecca Alpert. I am deeply grateful to all of them.
Having greatly enjoyed my time as Editor, I considered running for a second term. But I have instead committed to serving as Vice President of TAUP, the union representing full-time faculty from the great majority of Temple’s schools and colleges, as well as librarians and academic professionals. Once I decided to accept the invitation to run for VP, I immediately let the Editorial Board know. As the Board agreed, even if I were somehow to find the time to do both jobs, I would be risking a conflict of interest. While I believe that TAUP and the Senate share many interests, they are not identical institutions. A more pressing problem was that I might be put in the untenable position of covering the upcoming contract negotiations fairly while being a member of one side’s negotiating team.
As I end my term, I also want to thank all of the contributors, many of them from the Faculty Senate Steering Committee, who have taken time out of their busy schedules to share their insights with their colleagues and other readers. I want particularly to single out the two Senate Presidents I’ve been lucky to serve under, Joan Shapiro and Mark Rahdert. Those inclined to undervalue Faculty Senates should get a glimpse of how hard its officers work and how much good they do. I also want to express my gratitude to the many administrators who have engaged in what I hope our readers have found frank and productive discussions. There are bound to be disputes between faculty and administrators, even if the latter have come from and remain in many key respects members of the faculty. Those conflicts are an effect of structural antagonisms, of scarce resources, and of differences in temperament and in worldview. But my dialogues with President Theobald, Provost Dai, and others have bolstered my confidence that we can bridge our differences for the shared good of the university we serve.
A final thank you to you, the readers of The Herald. It has been a privilege and a pleasure to break out of the more restricted audience of scholarly writing in order to address issues of wider concern. I look forward to doing the same in different ways as I continue my service at Temple. I wish you all a restful and productive summer. •