It’s funny to watch liberals fight with each other.
Written by sociology professor Chad Alan Goldberg, who has been among the most vocal faculty members in calling for strong tenure protections, the resolution declares the Faculty Senate has no confidence in Cross or the Regents to “protect tenure and shared governance.”
Cross and the Regents have come under fire from professors and others for how they have handled the 2015-17 state budget, which cut $250 million from the UW System’s funding, weakened the faculty’s role in governing universities and made it easier to fire tenured professors.
Speaking at a meeting of the Faculty Senate’s executive committee Monday, however, Blank said she strongly opposes the no-confidence resolution, and encouraged the faculty to instead adopt a “milder” statement.
“The backlash on this will be potentially very real,” Blank said, “particularly as we’re going into a budget year where the number of people who are looking for reasons to cut UW-Madison is uncomfortably high. This gives them those reasons.”