Keep APU Higher Ed. Professor Dr. Michelle Louis

Keep APU Higher Ed. Professor Dr. Michelle Louis

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Gyasmine George-Williams, PhD started this petition to Azusa Pacific University Dept. of Higher Education Doctoral Program Higher Education Doctoral Students and Alumni

Our beloved professor Dr. Michelle Louis' contract has been terminated beginning June 30, 2019. After our department chair fought to keep her, Dean of the Behavioral and Applied Sciences (BAS) Dr. Bob Welsh and senior leaders failed to see her impact and significance and made the decision to terminate her contract claiming budgetary reasons.

A graduate of our Ph.D. program in 2008, her contribution is one that has impacted the lives of so many students over her subsequent 10 years of working with us:  she has taught the Teaching, Learning, and Assessment in Higher Education class, facilitated the New Student Orientation week, taught the Writing Workshop, led a research team, advised new students, chaired dissertations, and provided countless hours of mentoring and feedback to students in all phases of their educational journey. As it states on the BAS website that the department is "Guided by faculty who bring relevant experience to the classroom and opportunities to apply learning through hands-on experience, students graduate equipped to help others thrive", I am certain that Dr. Louis embodies that.

Michelle has positively impacted my life academically, professionally, and spiritually, and has been a great mentor. I am certain many of you feel the same. Sign this petition to demand that Dr. Welsh and senior administration retain Dr. Michelle Louis, our beloved professor, researcher, mentor and incredible asset to the program.

Thank you for your time,

Sincerely,

Higher Education Doctoral Students and Alumni that Want Answers

 

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