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Mar 9, 2008, 11:16 PM

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Re: [sayra] Michigan Program?

Stroudb (Hi!) definitely makes good points--I definitely think that the fiction side of the program is in a very different situation, and has been as long as I've been here--we've been (at least) a poet down for the two years I've been here, and, moreover, it would seem from all I can tell that the fiction faculty is definitely involved in the world of the students. So yay for fiction.

However, in terms of the job hire, I think it's key to note a couple of things: a) that there are a lot of bad feelings within the poetry program right now because of this hire, and b) that the discussion of this hire is not a statement about the competence of the new hire, but rather about the state of the faculty as it is, the presence of student voices within the decision making process, and, most importantly, the fact that the way this job hire was handled means that we are losing a valuable resource who has many ties to this program. Even if the new hire does turn out to be a good teacher, we are still losing an already proven excellent well-liked teacher and resource who has many ties to this community--which doesn't exactly mean that we're adding to the poetry program, but more substituting an unknown for a known.

As I think I've said before, I think how this information impacts thoughts on Michigan all depends on what you're looking for in a program, but I do think it's important that potential students are at least aware of what is going on in the poetry program right now.

Academic politics are fun for the whole family!

(This post was edited by sayra on Mar 10, 2008, 1:31 PM)

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Post edited by sayra (Novice) on Mar 10, 2008, 1:31 PM

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