Let’s spend the rest of the week on various subplots associated with the controversy over Professors Kai Green ’07 and Kimberly Love’s failure to teach this semester. Day 1.

A senior Williams professor writes:

As I may have mentioned earlier, I had moderately high hopes for our new president. But her bludgeoning of Keith McPartland, a great teacher and wonderful colleague, for doing his assigned duty, has certainly give me pause about her judgment and her ‘common sense.’

My own view is that Professor Kimberly Love should have been fired forthwith for dereliction of duty. And Mr.G. was reasonably given a semester’s leave to recover from his obvious mental incapacity. But he should then be encouraged, forced if necessary, to leave the College that he has utterly disgraced. There should be no compromise on either of these decisions. Neither of these professors should be teaching at Williams College and the chairmen who hired them should be promptly fired for lacking all sensible judgment.

Will this happen? I greatly doubt it. Williams now not only rewards mediocrity, but it regularly excuses catastrophic administrative decisions.

I’m absolutely disgusted by this whole affair. I can hardly believe that is happening to an institution, the idea of which I love with all my heart, but which is disintegrating before our eyes.

1) This seems a bit overwrought to me. Whatever else may be said about this disaster, it is less bad than Williams hiring (and re-appointing!) Bernard Moore, a convicted felon!

2) Why does this professor mention “catastrophic administrative decisions?” [Emphasis added.] It strikes me that the biggest mistake was the initial hiring of Green and Love. The Administration deserves some of the blame for that, of course, not least for its continuing insistence that hiring African-American professors is so, So, SO important. But none of this would be happening if the English and WSGS Departments were doing their jobs properly. Green and Love started at Williams in 2017. Who were the members of the search committees that selected them, presumably during the 2016-2017 academic year?

3) I still have high hopes for Mandel. How can this professor be sure that she doesn’t plan on getting rid of Green/Love? The time to do so is July, not February.

4) By the way, assume that Mandel fully intends to remove Green/Love. What are her options for doing so? (Perhaps our legal-readers could chime in!) I assume that Green/Love each have 3-year contracts. True? Or are junior professors essentially employees-at-will whom the College can fire whenever it wants to?

5) I don’t want to pry into anyone’s personal life, but, it is hard to avoid doing so in the context of this story. I assume that Green/Love are friends. Do they live together? Do they live in College housing? Are they romantically involved? I suspect that their living arrangements have implications, either legally and/or practically, for Mandel’s options in handling their case(s) . . .

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