Journalism faculty continues to bail
September 2, 2010
By KAREN VELIE
Three tenured faculty members have bailed from Cal Poly’s journalism department in the past few months leaving the department with five vacancies and only three full time faculty members remaining.
The vacancies will be filled with temporary lecturers, including former KSBY news anchor Tony Cipolla, while the dean begins the search process.
In the past few months, Doug Swanson, Nishan Havandjian and John Soares have left or announced plans to leave the department which is swirling in controversy.
Last month, Cal Poly Liberal Arts College Dean Linda Halisky ousted department chair Bill Loving amid allegations by professor Teresa Allen that she had been treated unfairly.
Loving has asked for a public hearing in front of the Academic Senate as part of a grievance he is working on with the California Faculty Association.
Halisky warned that if the faculty is not getting along by March the department will be shut down. The plan is to have the different concentrations absorbed by other departments.
The recently announced departures will leave the department without a chair, a public relations professor, a broadcast professor, one of two tenured track multi-media teachers and a multicultural and general media class professor.