September 4, 2020
We are writing at a time when protests against racism are happening all over the country, including on the Loyola campus. We encourage all our colleagues to use this time to reflect on the historic injustice of racism and work to undo it on our campus and in our teaching. We also call attention to the demonstrations held by our students and hope that all faculty will take the opportunity to hear their voices and their concerns. We urge the Loyola President and administration to do likewise. You can find information about these rallies, the students behind them, and their list of demands by clicking here.
Next week, on September 8th and 9th, many faculty across the country are participating in a “scholars’ strike” to protest racism in academia and in the United States. Faculty participating in this action will use their teaching time to participate in a teach-in on racism, police brutality, and white supremacy. AAUP Loyola affirms the academic freedom that scholars have on this day and every day to choose what material to teach and how to teach it, including the choice to teach about racism or to teach using alternative platforms on the days of the action. More information about the scholar’s strike can be found on the blog of the national AAUP.
At this moment of national reckoning, we call on all our colleagues to work to redo our own hiring, retention, tenure and promotion processes so that we do not continue to institutionalize racism at the university. Loyola’s own statistics show us not meeting the benchmarks for recruitment and retention of faculty of color. In particular, these statistics show that Black faculty are disproportionately underrepresented on campus, and are more highly represented in part-time and non tenure track lines than in tenured positions.
We call on all our colleagues to join and support the university’s efforts to reform hiring practices that are working against the hiring and promotion of faculty of color. We also encourage tenured and tenure-track faculty to stand with their part-time and non-tenure track colleagues and to listen to their voices, especially when BIPOC voices are disproportionately represented among them.
Benjamin Johnson, History
Devorah Schoenfeld, Theology
Rhys Williams, Sociology
Sherrie Weller, English
Elizabeth Coffman, Communication
David Ingram, Philosophy
Reuben Keller, IES
John Pincince, History
Alec Stubbs, Philosophy
Paige Warren, English