Everyone I know is scratching their heads over this puzzling email from Eric Kaler, which was apparently sent to all faculty members in the Academic Health Center, notifying us that Dean/VP Brooks Jackson is one of two finalists for a position at the University of Iowa.
It's not a puzzle that Jackson wants to leave. Plenty of folks at the U are looking for the exit doors. But since when does a university president notify faculty members that a dean is applying for jobs elsewhere? It's customary to do this sort of thing once someone has accepted a job somewhere else, not while they're applying.
Clearly, a message is being sent. But what message, and to whom?