Namita Goswami, DePaul Professor, Press Conference: December 7, 2010

Kirstein to discuss AAUP violations of Goswami case.

Peter N. Kirstein has been invited by members of the DePaul faculty to speak at a press conference on Tuesday, December 7, 2010 at 11am at 1139 W. Webster Ave. Havana Gallery will host the event. The press conference’s purpose is to challenge the tenure and promotion denial of Philosophy Professor Namita Goswami. Kirstein, in his capacity as ILL AAUP vice-president and chair of its Committee A on Academic Freedom and Tenure, will address specific academic freedom issues that are relevant to her case.
ILL AAUP  Committee A carefully investigated her case and submitted a report to AAUP in Washington, DC. A revised version was submitted to Dr Goswami who submitted it as part of her appeal. It was cited in the faculty Review Board report when it ruled by a majority vote that the Department of Philosophy had violated her academic freedom in its decision to recommend a denial of tenure and promotion to associate professor. Dr Goswami is the first professor in the history of DePaul to win at the appellate level an academic freedom appeal.
President Reverend Dennis Holtschneider rejected the Review Board’s conclusion that Dr Goswami was subjected to both procedural and academic freedom violations in her case. I believe it was a most inappropriate act on the part of a university president especially when the institution’s bylaws require either the dean to recommend a new contract or an additional formal hearing in the matter. I will be speaking as ILL AAUP vice president and chair of its Committee A on Academic Freedom and Tenure. I will not be speaking for the national organisation of AAUP which has not decided whether to effectuate an investigatory action in this matter. Obviously they would not want to prejudge a case but having already studied this case for six months, I will act in accordance with AAUP principles and ethics to defend the defenceless and help the vulnerable as they wade through the pitfalls of the probationary climax of tenure and promotion.
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