Dr. Marie Plasse Receives Hogan Award

At a ceremony on April 25, professor of English Marie Plasse received the 2018 Thomas P. Hogan Award for Excellence in Collegial Governance. Photos from the event, taken by professor of Economics Tony Laramie, can be found here.

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Hogan Award Ceremony and Reception

In 1988, the Merrimack College chapter of the AAUP established the Thomas P. Hogan Award for Excellence in Collegial Governance to recognize those members of the college community who have contributed to furthering equity, openness, and joint professional responsibility as principles of collegial governance. The award is named for Tom Hogan, professor emeritus of economics and longtime academic dean. This year’s recipient of the Hogan Award is Dr. Marie A. Plasse, professor of English.

Please join us on Wednesday, April 25 for a ceremony and reception in honor of Dr. Plasse. Light refreshments will be served. The event is co-sponsored by the Office of the President and the Department of English.

More information about the Hogan Award, including a list of past recipients, can be found here.

AAUP Issues Statement on Threats Against Faculty

The AAUP has issued the following petition condemning threats against faculty members. Add your name by clicking here.

We are dismayed that another faculty member, John Eric Williams of Trinity College, has become the target of a flood of threats following reports about his social media postings by the right-wing media outlet Campus Reform. In this case, the college was shut down for a day so that law enforcement officials could investigate threats to the college and to the faculty member. This is the second time this month that an institution of higher education has had to close down in response to threats, disrupting education and creating an environment of fear on campus.

We condemn the practice, becoming all too common, of bombarding faculty members and institutions of higher education with threats. When one disagrees with statements made by others, threats of violence are not the appropriate response. Such threatening messages are likely to stifle free expression and cause faculty and others on campus to self-censor so as to avoid being subjected to similar treatment. Targeted online harassment is a threat to academic freedom.

We support and stand with our colleagues and campus communities whose academic freedom is threatened. The free exchange of ideas is incompatible with an atmosphere of fear.