Could Mount St. Mary’s University Lose Its Accreditation?

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?

Academics’ Statement of Protest Regarding Faculty Firings at 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

More Strange Things are Happening 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

Fired Mount St. Mary’s Philosophy Professor Speaks Out

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

Early American History Job Opening at Mount Saint Mary’s University

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

News from the Conference on Faith and History!

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!

Catherine O’Donnell on Elizabeth Ann Seton

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

Call for Papers: American Catholic Historical Association 2018 Spring Meeting

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

What Happens When A Businessman Takes Over a Catholic Liberal Arts College?

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?

Vita

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

Congratulations to The Way of Improvement Leads Home Readers!

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!