It was only a matter of time. As I watched this tragic event unfold over the last couple of weeks, I did not see any other possible ending. If you are new to this controversy check out our previous posts here. Here is the press release: Emmitsburg, MD (February 29, 2016) Mount St. Mary’s University … Continue reading Mount St. Mary’s University President Resigns
We have already done several posts about the controversy at Mount St. Mary’s University in Emmitsburg, Maryland. You can get up to speed here. When we last left the Mount the faculty had asked president Simon Newman to resign. Newman ignored the request. Now the university is in jeopardy of losing its accreditation with the … Continue reading Could Mount St. Mary’s University Lose Its Accreditation?
I don’t know how many of you have been following what is going on at Mount St. Mary’s University, but you can get up to speed here. The faculty at The Mount have given president Simon Newman until tomorrow morning, February 15, to resign from his post. So far there is no word of a … Continue reading Simon Newman, Donald Trump, and Mount St. Mary’s University
I was just made aware of this. Please consider joining the hundreds of academics who have signed it. Background Information For a summary account of the faculty firings at Mount St. Mary’s University and the deeper controversy behind them, see Scott Jaschik, “Purge at the Mount”, Inside Higher Education, Feb. 9, 2016: https://www.insidehighered.com/news/2016/02/09/mount-st-marys-president-fires-two-faculty-members-one-tenure. For further … Continue reading Academics’ Statement of Protest Regarding Faculty Firings at Mount St. Mary’s University
Last week we published a post on the controversy surrounding the new retention plan at Mount St. Mary’s University in Emmitsburg, Maryland. Now, it seems, President Simon Newman is cleaning house. According to this article in the Frederick News-Post he has fired two professors and demoted the Provost. It is not clear whether the firings came because these employees … Continue reading More Strange Things are Happening at Mount St. Mary’s University
I’ve always been a fan of Mount St. Mary’s University in Emmitsburg, Maryland. I spoke there a few years ago and was really impressed with the faculty and administrators I met during the visit. If appears that the new President at the Mount is in hot water due to a controversial retention plan. Read all … Continue reading What is Going on at Mount St. Mary’s University?
But it is not clear whether they will come back as long as Simon Newman remains president of the university. This article in Inside Higher Ed explains everything. Newman is trying to extend an olive branch, but for many at The Mount it appears to be a poisoned one. Here is a taste of Scott Jaschik’s … Continue reading Mount St. Mary’s Reinstates Fired Professors
Earlier this week Simon Newman, the president of Mount St. Mary’s University in Emmitsburg, MD, fired two professors and demoted his provost because they spoke out against his controversial retention plan. Get up to speed here. One of those fired was a tenured philosophy professor named Thane Naberhaus. He is now speaking out on Newman’s … Continue reading Fired Mount St. Mary’s Philosophy Professor Speaks Out
John Schwenkler teaches philosophy at Florida State University, but from 2010-2013 he taught at Mount St. Mary’s University in Emmitsburg, MD. (If you need to get up to speed on what is happening at The Mount, check out our coverage here). Schwenkler pulls no punches when discussing the controversy at his former institution and raises … Continue reading Former Mount St. Mary University Professor Weighs-In
The good folks at “The Mount” have a tenure-track opening in early American history. This would be a wonderful place to work. If you are interested in teaching in a church-related (Catholic) liberal arts college with great colleagues, I would encourage you to apply. Personally, it would be great to have another early Americanist on … Continue reading Early American History Job Opening at Mount Saint Mary’s University
As Vice-President of the Conference on Faith and History, I want to share some news. FIRST, WE HAVE 2020 CONFERENCE DATES! The CFH Biennial Meeting will take place October 7-October 10 at Baylor University in Waco, Texas. The Program will again include a Student Research Conference preceding the meeting. Lisa Clark Diller (Southern Adventist University) … Continue reading News from the Conference on Faith and History!
I am really looking forward to Catherine O’Donnell‘s forthcoming biography of Elizabeth Seton. This weekend she delivered the keynote address at the Spring meeting of the American Catholic Historical Association at Mount St. Mary’s University in Emmitsburg, Maryland. Here is her fascinating talk: <p><a href=”https://vimeo.com/264862672″>Plenary Address, Spring Meeting of the American Catholic Historical Association at … Continue reading Catherine O’Donnell on Elizabeth Ann Seton
It will be held April 12-15 at Mount St. Mary’s University in Emmitsburg, Maryland. The ACHA is now accepting individual papers and panels for inclusion in its 2018 spring meeting to be held April 12-15 at historic Mount St. Mary’s University in Emmitsburg, Md. We invite ACHA members and other interested scholars to submit paper and session proposals on any … Continue reading Call for Papers: American Catholic Historical Association 2018 Spring Meeting
Here are the most popular posts of the last week at The Way of Improvement Leads Home: Deneen: Our Students are Idiots The Tragedy of Marco Rubio The Anti-Christ in New Hampshire Episode 4: Teaching History (K-12 Edition) Did Hillary Clinton Just Quote John Wesley? Mount St. Mary’s University President Resigns The History Relevance Campaign … Continue reading Most Popular Posts of the Last Week
A few things online that caught my attention this week: Don’t forget to download Episode 4 of The Way of Improvement Leads Home podcast with Sam Wineburg Academic drivel Michael Kazin on the unpopularity of socialism in America The Rosa Parks papers are online Ira Berlin reviews Manisha Sinha, The Slave’s Cause: A History of Abolition The … Continue reading Sunday Night Odds and Ends
Here are the most popular posts of the last week at The Way of Improvement Leads Home: More Strange Things are Happening at Mount St. Mary’s University This May Be the Best “Acknowledgments” Section of All Time Ted Cruz: Dominionist David Barton, the Seven Mountains, and Ted Cruz Academics’ Statement of Protest Regarding Faculty Firings … Continue reading Most Popular Posts of the Last Week
You get what is happening at Mount St. Mary’s University. Tenured faculty members get fired, critics of the president are accused of disloyalty, and a provost resigns. Here is a taste of a recent piece at The Chronicle of Higher Education: Mr. Naberhaus, who has publicly criticized the administration but doesn’t consider himself a “rabble rouser,” … Continue reading What Happens When A Businessman Takes Over a Catholic Liberal Arts College?
BIOGRAPHY I was born and raised in Morris County, New Jersey (Montville/Boonton area) and graduated from Montville Township High School (I was elected to the MTHS Hall of Fame in 2010). I hold degrees from Cairn University (B.S.) and Trinity Evangelical Divinity School (M.A and M.Div). I received my Ph.D in American history from the State … Continue reading Vita
Here are my stops over the course of the next several months: September 15, 22, 29, Oct 6, 2013: I will be doing a four-week Sunday School class at West Shore Evangelical Free Church in Mechanicsburg, PA on the history of American evangelicalism. September 17, 2013: Constitution Day lecture at Mount Vernon Nazarene University, Mount … Continue reading On the Road This Fall
Regular readers of The Way of Improvement Leads Home have a lot to celebrate this Spring. Congratulations to: Ed Blum and Paul Harvey for the forthcoming The Color of Christ. Matt Bowman, for the publication of The Mormon People: The Making of an American Faith. Jared Burkholder, who along with David Cramer has edited The … Continue reading Congratulations to The Way of Improvement Leads Home Readers!