Monday, October 9, 2017

Leaving so soon?

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?

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