Apparently I have been fired.
I guess that is what happens when you are a whistleblower, highlighting plagiarism from within the ranks at an accredited University.
I’m still waiting to hear from the Administration as to whether or not I’ll have any classes to teach in the 2014-2015 academic year. But since the last email I received from them reiterated that they had no classes to assign me, I’m guessing this is their last word on the subject.
Really, when you consider that I have taught classes year-round at this institution since before my daughter was born (she just turned 10!), you’d think that I would have some kind of job security – even if implied.
It’s not like they didn’t want me before I blew the whistle on plagiarizing professors – after all, it was my intellectual property they stole. For the record, they offered me a full-time job in 2004 (which I turned down), and asked me to teach full-time but temporary more than a few times (which I did not turn down, most recently in 2011-2012).
But nope – I’m being fired. So I thought I’d share the news with my current APSU students, who may very well be my last unless the University decides it made a mistake in ‘firing’ me.
But, ahem, it wouldn’t be their first mistake, now, would it?
To my current APSU art students:
We’re winding down in this class, and sadly, I believe this could very well be my last semester at APSU.
If you want to know why, please read this link on my website. It is rather long, but it describes in full how this course you have almost completed was stolen by faculty in the art department and passed out to other professors who used it without my permission, pretending to be me.
While I came to an agreement with the University about the theft of my intellectual property wherein they apologized, admitted their theft, and paid me for my work, they have now informed me that they no longer have any classes for me to teach.
Yet at least one of the professors who plagiarized me has been assigned classes for Fall 2014.
Additionally, even though I have been teaching at APSU for over 10 years as both an adjunct and as a temporary full-time professor (and teaching art history at the collegiate level since 1999), the art department has chosen to assign courses to other part-time faculty with less experience both at APSU and at other colleges. In fact, some who are teaching this coming academic year came to me in the past for advice and help with teaching art appreciation online, which I readily provided.
I just thought you all deserved to know this. I’m sorry to be ‘fired’ as we call it at my house, half-laughing, but I still believe that higher education – indeed, learning of any kind – should meet the highest of standards. You deserve to know the standards to which this University adheres.
I will miss teaching here, but not because I have any lasting friendships with my peers.
I will miss teaching at APSU because I have had the honor of teaching you: the Soldier, the Retiree, the New Mother, the Law Enforcement Officer / Medic / EMT, the Wounded Warrior, the Aspiring Teacher, the Baseball Player, the Single Dad, the Laid-Off Worker, the Grandparent, the Twenty-Four Year Old Widow.
I will miss teaching you that all of history is indeed inextricably caught up in that beautiful gift to humanity we call Art.