Keep Cecilia Woloch at USC: DEANS PUSH TRANSFORMATIVE PROFESSOR AND AWARD-WINNING POET TO RESIGN. Sign below to insist they keep this inspiring educator in the classrooms of USC.
As NTT (non-tenure track) faculty at USC, Cecilia Woloch has created two ground-breaking programs for undergraduates: The Writer in the Community Program as well as The Poet in Paris Maymester Program -- both extremely successful initiatives from which students and the university benefit enormously. USC has used these programs for publicity and recruiting, and administrators have taken credit for these programs in public addresses, often without mentioning Cecilia's name. Her courses at USC are vastly popular; responses to her teaching are over-the-top. Many of her students have called working with her "life changing."
Despite the positive impact her teaching has had, and her many accomplishments as a poet and writer, the USC administration has consistently refused to compensate her at a level commensurate with her contributions. As NTT faculty, she's required to teach larger course loads for substantially less pay than tenured colleagues. After she returned to USC last fall from an unpaid leave (supported by a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts) her spring semester course load was increased, effectively cutting her salary further. The last straw came this fall when the deans "disappeared" her small stipend for directing the Poet in Paris program and refused to reinstate it, or to make any effort to keep her at USC, despite protests from faculty and students alike.
Keep this amazing poet, professor, and source of inspiration at the University of Southern California so that many more students can experience her life-changing words and actions.
Please sign our petition, and help publicize in any way you can this effort to keep Cecilia Woloch at USC!
This petition has been created by a former student who not only became a poet and writer because of Cecila Woloch but also went on to pursue a career as an educator of English in LA Unified School District. Keep this incredible woman where she belongs--in a classroom changing lives!