PFN approves AAUP letter in support of the UNC-CH African and African American Studies Department Faculty

Dear Editor of the (UNC-CH) Daily Tarheel:

As faculty on this campus, we strongly support our colleagues in the Department of African and Afro-American Studies. We were glad to see the letter by Jonathan Hartlyn, Senior Associate Dean for Social Sciences and Global Programs, “Blaming AFAM is the wrong approach” (8/23/12). We take Hartlyn seriously when he says that the problems that were discovered in the “Review of Courses in the Department of African and Afro-American Studies,” of which Hartlyn was a co-author, “have ended,” and that there was “no evidence that directly implicates other department faculty or staff.” Like all departments, African and Afro-American Studies is composed of individuals who are engaged in teaching, research, and service that benefit our campus, our state, our nation, and our world. As individuals and as a department, the African and Afro-American Studies faculty make invaluable contributions to the production and spread of knowledge. We stand in support of this department and the multi-disciplinary field of which it is a part.

Mark Driscoll
President
UNC, Chapel Hill chapter of the American Association of University Professors
Associate Professor
Asian Studies

Altha Cravey
Vice-President
UNC, Chapel Hill chapter of the American Association of University Professors
Associate Professor
Geography


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