Tennessee State Faculty Senate Meeting Canceled, Questions Linger
A faculty senate meeting called recently at Tennessee State University was abruptly canceled, leaving more questions about it’s leadership and the influence of TSU administration in its ongoing drama.
TSU maintains that the faculty senate is under new leadership, after the dismissal and arrest of Dr. Jane Davis at the group’s last meeting. But the campus chapter of the American Association of University Professors says the meeting did not meet basic standards for quorom or management. From the Tennessean:
Among them: that the meeting included professors who were not eligible to vote, that not all faculty senators were invited, that at least one professor was barred from the meeting and that Shields called for the vote that ousted Davis.
“Because those procedures were not followed, Dr. Davis remains chair of the Faculty Senate until such time as her term expires, she resigns, or the Faculty Senate votes to remove her from office following procedures laid out in Robert’s Rules of Order,” said the statement.