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Split Decision: A Vote of No Confidence at Social Work Doesn’t Pass, and One at Tisch Does

June 03, 2013

Since the faculty of the Gallatin School voted, two other school’s faculties took votes of “no confidence”: the Silver School of Social Work (May 28, 2013), and the Tisch School of the Arts (May 20, 2013).

The School of Social Work defeated the “no confidence” measure: 12 faculty voted for “no confidence,” 20 voted against it, and 9 abstained. At Tisch, 93 faculty voted for the “no confidence” measure, 76 voted against it, and 16 abstained.

Below is the note Dean Lynn Videka sent the School of Social Work faculty following the vote, and, at bottom, a communication from Dean Mary Schmidt Campbell to the Tisch preceding the vote.

From Dean Videka to the faculty of the Silver School of Social Work following the vote:

On May 27, 2013, the Silver School of Social Work voted 12-20-6 against a motion of no confidence.

I want to take this opportunity to thank the faculty for their participation and for the important dialogue that occurred during the discussions of these issues.

Let me also take this opportunity to affirm the school’s academic excellence and all that we are doing to continue that trajectory.

The strength of the school has been accelerated with the university’s support and with the transformative gift that Connie and Martin Silver conferred in 2007. Student applications have increased by 22% since 2009. Licensure pass rates and job placement rates are among the highest in the country. The Silver School’s sponsored research program has increased from $150,000 to $2.5 million in annual expenditures since 2009. In the same time frame, named scholarships for students have tripled. Doctoral graduates have been hired by top universities. The School’s budget is growing and balanced. The School has a strong faculty and a strong governance system that includes committee structures, regular faculty meetings, and inclusive strategic planning processes for in-depth discussion and consultation. The School continues its longstanding distinctions for its professional degree programs that prepare social workers for clinical practice, and for its increasingly talented and diverse student and faculty bodies. Taking all these successes together the School is now, for the first time, ranked in the top 10% of social work programs nationwide.

I look forward to working with each and every Silver School of Social Work faculty member to continue the remarkable momentum of the School in achieving its mission, which prioritizes outstanding professional education, scholarship, and community engagement.

Sincerely, Lynn Videka
Professor and Dean

Campbell Letter 1

Campbell Letter


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