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Texas A&M College of Liberal Arts budget making room for new hires

Posted: Sunday, November 24, 2013 12:00 am

The largest college at Texas A&M is getting even bigger. After years of austerity, the college of Liberal Arts is expanding by about 10 percent.

The college seeks 19 tenured positions and 15 assistant professor positions, the largest hiring campaign in the college's history. Dean José Luis Bermudez said the staff will grow from about 330 to 364 and that his long-term goal is to top 400.

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  • in the triangle posted at 12:34 pm on Sat, Dec 7, 2013.

    in the triangle Posts: 1

    Dear Colleague:

    You may have noted recent articles in the Eagle and Battalion on the remarkable number of new faculty being sought by the College of Liberal Arts (CLA). Credit for this remarkable growth spurt is accorded to the gifted leadership of Dean José Bermúdez. Dr. Bermúdez reportedly views this as a historically unique opportunity to advance the CLA into heretofore unattained heights of excellence. One might question the wisdom of transforming a College based on the talent pool available in a single year (FY 2014), but on the surface the addition of 34 faculty is a noteworthy accomplishment.

    The graph below contains figures that offer a broader context for viewing these prospective new faculty members. As shown, in 2010 there were 372 faculty members. You may recall, 2010 was the year Dean Bermudez arrived. By 2012 (last information available), we were down to you, me and 331 surviving colleagues. In other words, the cohort of Assistant Professors we just promoted to Associate have never experienced CLA faculty levels this low at TAMU.

    There appears to be a Bermúdez Triangle; however, unlike the Bermuda Triangle, people can - and do - leave. In the event you would like to view the original numbers, I got them from Incidentally, the numbers seem to suggest that we grew faster than the University under the last four years of Dean Johnson and declined faster than the University under the first two years of Dean Bermúdez.

    I trust that you will have a pleasurable winter holiday,

    Marguerite St. Just

  • Lisako McKyer posted at 7:45 am on Thu, Nov 28, 2013.

    Lisako McKyer Posts: 63

    CPTKiller - so Liberal Arts is useless?

    Let's eliminate all the English and Communication faculty then - see how well our already under-trained students learn how to write and express themselves effectively. We don't need books or media right?

    Let's get rid of the Economists and Political Scientists - after all they're useless to the banking and every other industry, right? We don't need psychologists since everyone in the world is perfectly sane.

    And, to make certain we repeat our past mistakes, and to ensure we become an inhumane populace, let's get rid of our historians and philosophers.

    Do you have even one piece of art on your wall? Thank the artists in the Performance Studies dept. Oh, have you ever seen a movie? Oh, those darn performance folks again!

    Do you read poetry or a book? Listen to music?

    So the engineers invent radios & TVs. So . . . what do you watch or listen on these devices to without the liberal arts folks?

    Other nations that don't have strong liberal arts programs in their higher education systems churn out highly skilled technical workers. In order to foster creative thinkers and to move their economies forward, those very nations send their best scholars here to the U.S. - precisely BECAUSE they know that a solid liberal arts foundation is what leads to creativity.

    Example - the computer scientist + artist = computer graphics. The civil engineer + humanities person = universally accessible environments. The dancer + kinesiologist = rehab improvements for injuries!

  • because posted at 3:07 pm on Mon, Nov 25, 2013.

    because Posts: 359

    where is the disgruntled faulty, I still do not see their comments??

  • because posted at 3:06 pm on Mon, Nov 25, 2013.

    because Posts: 359

    still waiting for the disgruntled faculty to show up. ,…..
    BTW CPTKILLER is not faculty Smart people know how important a liberal arts education is, also for engineers and scientist

  • allknowing posted at 12:27 pm on Mon, Nov 25, 2013.

    allknowing Posts: 44

    Goodness, is there no shame in those disgruntled faculty! Is there no limit to their intrusive, demeaning, negative comments!

  • CPTKILLER posted at 9:01 am on Mon, Nov 25, 2013.

    CPTKILLER Posts: 41

    A&M is not a liberal arts school. This is a huge waste of money and facilities. It seems that the "powers to be" want to make A&M just another big school. Liberal Arts Degrees are near useless and rarely generate jobs with a degree.

    In a word, No!

  • jer2 posted at 10:16 pm on Sun, Nov 24, 2013.

    jer2 Posts: 314

    Their comments are coming, just you wait...

  • roy g posted at 9:07 pm on Sun, Nov 24, 2013.

    roy g Posts: 966

    Oh, you're just teasing him now, aren't you?

  • FromAfar posted at 8:16 pm on Sun, Nov 24, 2013.

    FromAfar Posts: 485

    Oblivious unwise one, you should subscribe to the TAMU faculty listserv. What you read here is pretty mild compared to some of what is written there. It is the productive faculty who care about the damage that is being done to A&M by people who have authority who post here. The (rather few, BTW) unproductive faculty don't care enough to post here or on the faculty listserv.

  • Sabio posted at 7:15 pm on Sun, Nov 24, 2013.

    Sabio Posts: 1736

    No no...I don't hate faculty, just the unproductive ones that post on here, particularly when on the taxpayer dime. I LOVE productive faculty. They don't post on here. They're too busy advancing scholarship.

  • because posted at 1:59 pm on Sun, Nov 24, 2013.

    because Posts: 359

    Sabio, where is the disgruntled faculty, where are their comments???

    The only comment I see is the typical "faculty hater comment"….

  • Sabio posted at 11:53 am on Sun, Nov 24, 2013.

    Sabio Posts: 1736

    Looks like the sky isn't falling in Liberal Arts! But I'm sure the disgruntled faculty that post here (a minority of the faculty) will have something negative to say about it.