Petition to Renew André Ruesch's Contract at Lesley University
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André Ruesch is a full time professor at Lesley University's College of Art and Design. His teaching philosophy is simple. Encourage the growth, and happiness of others through photographic expression and provide constructive criticism on both the physical and conceptual level. While his students rave about his lecture style, and openly admit to being changed by his way of thinking, he apparently does not run unopposed. Recently, the administrative staff at Lesley University, has decided to not renew his contract for the following year. It is rare that a professor has such an impactful role on the work produced by students. Here however, André has helped numerous students to find their voice in a field full of uncertainty, doubt and competition. Seeing André leave will surely leave many again, in the void of uncertainty.
To fix the issue, it is simply a matter of reversing the decision to not renew André’s contract. This decision has been voiced through the office of Selase W. Williams, the University's Provost. Undoubtedly this decision must have been passed through the office of Jeffery Weiss, the University's president. Though confidentiality policies do not allow for an exact epicenter, it is fair to say for any change to happen, it must eventually start or end at the office of the provost and President of the institution.
Evidence of André Ruesch’s good nature and forward thinking educational style can be referenced from his twice yearly reviews conducted by the students which outline how well they thought the class was, how effectively they think the teaching style was, and overall the quality of instruction. These reviews are anonymous and are not shown to any professor. They are only reviewed by the administration. It is, to the students who have come to know André Ruesch, a ludicrous and perplexing decision by the Lesley University administration, to cut such an influential professor, thinker, fellow artist, and friend, off of their faculty list.
André has allowed us all to think critically about all of our work, where it has come and where it will go. His style of assignment, while not project based handouts, are invaluable to us as he allows us to go into the world and search for an extraordinary experience, as real artists do, to create photographs of our perceived reality. Above all, André let us discover our own profound experience of art; and for that we will forever be changed and in debt.
Speaking on behalf of all the students that have had the good fortune of having André as a professor, we would all like of him to stay a part of our artistic community here at Lesley so that he may help us develop further into fruition as well as help future years find their own way into the artistic world with a newly opened mind.
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