A&M Faculty Reacts to Murano Review Fallout

By: Joe Brown Email
By: Joe Brown Email

Friction over the performance review of Texas A&M President Dr. Elsa Murano is raising concerns among A&M faculty as well.

Doug Slack, Texas A&M Regents Professor, says when there's the appearance of turmoil within the administration, it can negatively effect many areas of the university. "I have some faculty members that are really discouraged about what's going on," Slack said. "After all, we just hired this president 16 months ago. As far as I know she's just had one evaluation and I think this is very discouraging."

Andrew Klein, Texas A&M Faculty Senate, issued this statement about the matter: "Faculty believe shared governance is the cornerstone of a Tier-1 institution. Shared governance is a grassroots approach to management. In a Tier 1 institution, Faculty create new knowledge and provide A&M students opportunities by bringing this knowledge into the classroom.

Faculty oversight not only ensures the credibility of the University's research, but also the rigor and transformation of this research into its student courses. It is exposure to this cutting-edge knowledge that creates the competitive skills that underlie the A&M brand. The transformation of research knowledge into teaching is enabled by faculty oversight through the shared governance process from departmental and college review of curricula to input into university promotion and tenure decisions. It is responsibility of the university president to manage the effectiveness of this governance process.

Shared governance is not only evident in the academy, but is also realized in new management models in business. In shared governance, the views of all stake holders are valued in an open and transparent process. The value of the A&M degree has been built on the university's unique bond between students, former students, faculty and administration and its future rests on strengthening this bond."

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