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Petitioning Professor and Chair of Liberal Arts at Otis College of Art and Design Debra Ballard and 4 others

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


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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. 

Letter 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
and 2 others
Board Directors Guy Bennett
Vice-Provost of Otis College of Art and Design Randell Lavender
Rehire Robert Summers -- who has a legal disability -- with the same position !
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): 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 need a semester off, I was shut out, ignored, and finally told I was not going to have my contract renewed. 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 is about more than me -- it is about treating educators with dignity and respect!