Otis College Of Art and Design: Rehire Robert Summers -- Having a Disability Is No Reason to NOT!
  • Petitioned Debra Ballard

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Professor and Chair of Liberal Arts at Otis College of Art and Design
Debra Ballard
Professor and Chair of Liberal Arts at Otis College of Art History
Parme Giuntini
Provost of Otis College of Art and Design
Karry Walk
Board Directors
Guy Bennett
Vice-Provost of Otis College of Art and Design
Randell Lavender

Otis College Of Art and Design: Rehire Robert Summers -- Having a Disability Is No Reason to NOT!

    1. R S
    2. Petition by

      R S

      Anniston, AL

I was temporarily disabled, and went on medical leave and CA disability insurance; I received an Excellence in Teach Award (2010-11), was promoted to senior lecture (the highest position a part-timer could receive), and given consecutive raises and praise; I started and designed the first online art history course, in which the idea and template is still being used, participated in smarthistory.com, which was videos on art, art history and issues of gender, sexuality, race, and class, was invited to be the tour guide for Otis's NYC fundraiser in 2010. All this, and because of an illness due to a disability in which I needed a semester off I was shut out, ignored, and finally told I was not going to have my contract renewed: which they backed up with other reasons. This is not only immoral but the sad plight of adjuncts, part-timers, and the like. Demand Otis College of Art and Design re-think their stance and take the right direction to rehire a hard-working and dedicated educator -- one who still works with many students because he simply cares for them.  This isn't just about me, but it is about all people who have lost teaching positions because of the corporate university, which prizes money and matriculation over anything and anyone. 

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    1. Let People Know

      R S
      by R S
      Petition Organizer

      Share with people the petition; this is not just about me in the end, but the poor treatment of adjuncts -- and Otis has its hand to play and it does do some dreadful thing to 90% of the faculty who do not 'enjoy' full time / tenure / etc.
      Thank you all. Spread the word. Fight for what you believe in -- that is one thing that makes life worth living.

    2. Reached 50 signatures
    3. One Person Wrote

      R S
      by R S
      Petition Organizer

      "This issue is important to me both as a former student of Robert’s and as an adjunct professor in the fine arts myself." INDEED!
      This is -- in the end -- not just about me, but about EVERY adjunct that can and has found themselves jobless -- even as a fellow from UCLA and received my PhD there. We can, now, only help each other: we have to begin to OCCUPY higher education for and by ADJUNCTS -- the NEW faculty majority!
      All respect, humility, and thanks,
      Robert

    4. Emails of the Chairs and the Provost

      R S
      by R S
      Petition Organizer

      Debra Ballard, Chair of Liberal Arts: dballard@otis.edu
      Parme Giuntini, Chair of Art History: pgiuntini@otis.edu
      Kerry Walk, Provost: kwalk@otis.edu
      Otis is largely influenced by a board made up of wealthy donors. Otis also makes its money through private/corporate money that is then funneled into 100,000+ paychecks for lower-level administrators. Otis pays its faculty (all its faculty) less than any other private art school, even though it makes more than others.
      Otis has an approx. 27 to 1 ratio of adjuncts to professors -- and professors follow no traditional review. Several were hired directly as professors because they were friends of chairs: for example, Parme Giuntini made her friend a professor at the same time I was appointed, and she had not yet earned a PhD,

    5. Reached 25 signatures
    6. The New Faculty Majority (on Facebook) Supports the Cause

      R S
      by R S
      Petition Organizer

      Again this petition is about a single person, but it highlights the various, precarious plights of all adjuncts. I thank The New Faculty Majority for their support -- for ALL adjuncts!
      SIGN the petition and FORWARD

    7. Precarious Life ... Disposable Lives

      R S
      by R S
      Petition Organizer

      My plight shows the plight of all adjuncts: it is precarious and we are disposable. We must end the corporatization of colleges and universities. Join Adjuncts United and The New Faculty Majority

    8. Reached 10 signatures

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    • D'Ara Nazaryan NORTH HOLLYWOOD, CA
      • almost 2 years ago

      I've retained more from his lectures than I have from any of my other classes whilst in college. The man is not a conformist, he's an educator and a great one at that. Many teachers survive off of going through the motions whereas Robert Summers brings an altruistic dedication towards educating his students that doesn't go unnoticed by those whom he comes into contact with. It would be a shame to lose him.

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    • D'Ara Nazaryan NORTH HOLLYWOOD, CA
      • almost 2 years ago

      I've retained more from his lectures than I have from any of my other classes whilst in college. The man is not a conformist, he's an educator and a great one at that. Many teachers survive off of going through the motions whereas Robert Summers brings an altruistic dedication towards educating his students that doesn't go unnoticed by those whom he comes into contact with. It would be a shame, nay, a tragic mistake, to lose him.

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    • Larissa Grashian BALTIMORE, MD
      • almost 2 years ago

      Robert Summers was one of the most influential teachers of my years at Otis. He definitely made liberal arts much more interesting and important. It is a shame that future students won't get to experience one of his classes. Bring him back!

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    • Ana Fores KELLET, TX
      • almost 2 years ago

      As a fellow adjunct, and as an adjunct who unjustly lost her employment, I completely sympathize with Robert: please sign and share his petition. Help us end our invisibility, and help us overcome our plight.

      Ana M. Fores Tamayo, NFM member

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    • Ryan Conrad LEWISTON, ME
      • almost 2 years ago

      Having guest lectured in one of Prof Summers courses, I can say that his students adore him.

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