If you’ve been checking NYU Local over the past couple of weeks (or just haven’t been under a rock), you definitely know about the vote of no confidence against President John Sexton. What you might not have realized is that the vote was confined to CAS; only Arts and Science faculty could participate.
While it is still a big deal that the motion passed, ultimately the Board of Trustees determines whether or not Sexton stays or goes. Considering the sweet digs that come with being an administrator at NYU, it isn’t likely that the CAS vote is the resounding condemnation that would unseat JSex. In fact, when the motion of no confidence passed the trustees responded with a resolution of support for him.
This might be about to change. We can now confirm that Tisch is preparing to gauge whether or not their faculty is willing to participate in their own vote of no confidence. As WSN reported, Tisch is beginning discussions about faculty participation in university goverence. “Faculty have been sent all documents on pros and cons on the subject of faculty participation in university governance,” said Tisch professor Awam Amkpa to WSN. “The school will then decide if it wants to take a unanimous electronic vote on the subject.” Amkpa went on to say that she hopes the faculty will come to a decision about where it stands by April.
Another major concern ahead of a Tisch vote is who would be included. Tisch has four kinds of faculty: tenure track, arts professors, teachers, and adjuncts. According to Ampka, only professors that are Tenure Track are “more fully engaged” in University governance. This would mean that though tenure track professors make up only 35% of Tisch’s faculty, they would be the only subset of professors included in the vote; at least that their opinion will be weighed more heavily against the other 65% of Tisch’s faculty.
It looks like with more dissent brewing, Sexton’s headache is far from over.