Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Yet another faculty member leaves

My friend John Couper of the Journalism department is leaving AUCA to take a job at KIMEP in Almaty Kazakhstan this next semester. John was an important figure in helping organize the faculty union here. I found his insights on union issues extremely helpful. Indeed now that he is leaving the university, the union will be short one negotiator. I am sad to see John go, but I totally understand his reasons for refusing to stay here. I wish him the best of luck in Kazakhstan. There are now by my count only three people with PhDs left teaching at AUCA. Since May we have lost fully fifty percent of the PhDs that taught here full time in spring 2009.

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