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


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, 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. 

This petition was delivered to:
  • 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

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