Monday, May 22, 2006

A Protest in Name Only: Rice to Boston College

I am not normally comfortable indulging in political arguments. However the latest idiocy surrounding Condoleezza Rice's commencement speech at Boston College deserves at least a note from college professors.

Today, the National Public Radio network reported that an adjunct professor of English at Boston College had resigned his position in protest of Secretary Rice's commencement speech. As a tenured college professor, I was not aware that an adjunct professor could resign after the end of the academic term. An adjunct professor's position is, by definition, temporary and exists from semester to semester. Since Boston College's spring commencement ended the semester, all adjunct professor's positions on campus ended. What bravery!! Nice try and I'll bet that professor will be pontificating again in the Fall semester.


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