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Save Anthropology at Western Michigan University

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Western Michigan University has taken steps to downsize and possibly dissolve its award-winning Department of Anthropology. Currently, the department has only 2 scheduled graduate-level courses for the Fall 2016 semester open to both undergraduate and graduate-level students and no scheduled graduate student exclusive courses, despite having over 40 students in its Master’s program. In addition, the Department of Anthropology is facing a 50% reduction in part-time faculty, had a term appointment withdrawn, and has seen no tenure-track hires since 2008. In the last two years, five female faculty have left the department for various reasons, while no male faculty have left. Why is this? These problems exist despite the Department of Anthropology scoring in the top 3 departments in the College of Arts and Sciences in last year’s Academic Performance Review & Planning, after which it was designated to have Continuous Quality Improvement and was told funding would be tied to results of the review. Finally, Western Michigan University claims to value being “Globally Engaged” as one of the three tenants of its vision. A top research university cannot claim to be globally engaged when it is downsizing relevant programs like anthropology.

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