The Classical Association of the Middle West and South recently put out a call for action concerning the proposed discontinuation of the Classics program at the University of Montana.
"Dear CAMWS members,I write yet again with the distressing news that another Classics program is threatened, this time at the University of Montana, Missoula. In a draft released this week, President Seth Bodnar recommends cutting over fifty faculty positions and restructuring various departments. The hardest hit unit will be Modern and Classical Languages and Literatures, with a total of 7.5 full-time positions. The situation is especially dire given that Missoula offers the only college program in Classics in the state, and one of the few in the region.More information on the proposed cuts can be found here:http://www.montanakaimin.com/n
ews/updated-um-to-cut-estimate d-positions-combine-and-restru cture-programs/article_bb8fe15 2-4268-11e8-b75e-a3d30aa3a83e. htmlIf you would like to communicate your concern, please consider sending a message to President Bodnar (firstname.lastname@example.org), with copies to Provost Paul Kirgis (email@example.com) and Dean of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences, Chris Comer (firstname.lastname@example.org).This latest development again underscores the importance of strong departmental leadership, involvement in institutional governance, and active participation in professional organizations such as CAMWS and SCS. Strength in numbers!With all best wishes,Laura McClure"
The SCS Classics Advisory Service is working with UM faculty on a response to the administration.