French professor Hassan Melehy spoke at the December meeting about problems with faculty governance he feels are a result of “insider culture” in the council — something he said is displayed clearly in the $3.1 million investigation.
“When I’ve gone through the faculty governance rosters, a few of the same names turn up repeatedly — often on multiple committees,” he said at the meeting.
“If this isn’t an insider culture, what is it?”
Melehy said he’d like meetings to include more debate — something there’s less of now, said Secretary of Faculty Joseph Ferrell, who has been involved with the the council since the 1970s.
“It does seem tamer than it did back then — not sure that that’s an improvement,” he said.
Melehy said the involvement of Jan Boxill, former chairwoman of the faculty, in the academic improprieties and their subsequent cover-up exemplifies how insider culture can create problems, citing a statement signed by every member of the Faculty Executive Committee in July 2013 that stated their full confidence in Boxill’s integrity.
Melehy feels the insider culture is the result of the nonrepresentative nature of the the council because of selection bias that favors larger departments.