I only have a moment to post this now, so I’ll have to kind of let this speak for itself: I sent a copy of the letter I sent to the VP of Academic Affairs to President Fallon the other day, and I received a response from him today. Let me preface my inclusion of that letter here by saying that Fallon is obviously a public figure at the heart of this whole mess, he didn’t suggest this was confidential correspondence, and email sent to me becomes mine, ultimately. Be assured though that I don’t normally post these sorts of things without permission.
Anyway, here’s what he wrote:
Thanks Steve. I appreciate your communication. And I apologize for not responding sooner. I attempt to respond to every single email I receive as soon as possible with a clear and abiding priority on student and faculty email. On this day, I find myself with a fairly significant backlog of correspondence that will take weeks, perhaps even months, to address. Nonetheless, I intend to do this…somehow. This, in a way not unlike how I approach other aspects of my personal life, is rooted in my commitment to principle, respect, integrity, altruism and basic human courtesy.
Much of the email I get includes thoughtful reflections and questions. These, in particular, require more than casual responses. Some, of course, are for a different purpose…less honorable and difficult to respond to.
Again, thanks. All the best.
Here’s what I wrote back:
Thanks for your reply. I appreciate the fact that you feel that responding to all of the correspondence is demonstrable evidence that you do indeed “care.” But to be honest, I don’t think you have time to answer email right now.
If you really feel strongly about respect, integrity, and human courtesy, and assuming you think that faculty are humans who deserve these things, please return to the table. I’m one of literally thousands of people caught in the middle here, and you are one of a handful of people who actually could do something about this. So please, let me appeal to your humanity, and please return to the bargaining table.
Steven D. Krause
Writing Program Coordinator/Interim Director of First Year Writing
Department of English Language and Literature
Eastern Michigan University | Ypsilanti, MI 48197
734-487-1363 | http://www.stevendkrause.com
Besides the fact that his response was kind of generic, it seems kind of a problem to me that his idea of treating people “humanely” is to simply respond to email. Deep deep sigh….