Posts Tagged ‘Department of Film and Media Studies’

Another Hunter College Dean Bites the Dust, Allegations of a Witch Hunt

Sunday, July 7th, 2013

His name at the time of his departure was Dean Erec R. Koch, a Ruth and Harold Newman Dean, and the Hunter community learned of his departure in a Tuesday, July 2 email: “I write with great regret to inform you that I will no longer serve as Dean of the School of Arts and Sciences. It has been a tremendous honor and privilege to work with the talented and dedicated A&S faculty and staff during the past two years.*

Former Dean Erec R. Koch

Former Dean Erec R. Koch at the resignation party of Assistant Dean Maria Anderson

It was sent in the wake of brutally frank comments about President Raab in an earlier resignation letter by a former assistant dean to Dean Koch. In that earlier resignation letter, the resigning Assistant Dean, Maria Anderson, castigated Raab for “personal attacks”  and creating “a culture of fear and mistrust,” and she also wrote that Dean Koch had been targeted by President Raab. “It is quite clear that a witch-hunt against you is underway and that it includes an attempt  to fabricate instances of financial mismanagement on your part. You are certainly the prime target, though as the chief financial officer of the School, the daily expenditure decisions were largely mine to make,” Anderson wrote.

The names of others in the Dean’s office were mentioned in the email.

Dean Koch said at the resignation party for Dean Anderson that he had not been terminated. It was a wry comment without sarcasm. Several days later he announced his resignation.

This is the first of several stories.


What Is the Significance of This Vehicle?

Monday, June 17th, 2013



New York State Healthy Workplace Bill S3863 (Workplace Anti-Bullying Bill)

Thursday, June 13th, 2013

I posted the following on the Hunter College Listserv, which is the main listserv for the College.  Hopefully, its obviously explanatory.


I was up in Albany early in the fall semester for my first lobbying efforts to support this NYS workplace anti-bullying bill with professors from several campuses around the state. Lobbying can be empowering. We were joined by serious activists. More about this later.

I sent the following off to New York State Senator José Peralta, Minority Whip and the rest of the labor committee members:


More Info About the Healthy Workplace Bill

Thursday, June 6th, 2013
By Mike Schlicht

The Healthy Workplace Bill was referred to the Senate Finance Committee in the next step of the legislative process. The Chair of the Senate Finance Committee is Senator John DeFranciso and he represents parts of the Syracuse area. NYHWA would like to setup a meeting with him at the District office in the very near future to speak with him about the bill. NYHWA is looking for constituents of his, people who work in his district and those who are from the Greater Syracuse area to speak briefly about their workplace bullying experience as we ask for him to place the bill on the agenda for a vote.


Healthy Workplace NYS Bill S3863 Passes Muster

Wednesday, June 5th, 2013

This past Monday, June 3, Healthy Workplace Bill, S3863 was passed by the New York State Senate Labor Committee. More about this later but I had this to say …




The D:F/M BF Lie

Tuesday, May 21st, 2013



I Wish Colleague Bernard Stein Would Get His Act Together

Monday, May 20th, 2013


Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5)

Tuesday, May 7th, 2013

An early version of this manual [DSM III] was a good resource tool when I was researching and writing The Kids Next Door: Sons and Daughters Who Killed Their Parents and Unspeakable Acts: The Ordeal of Thomas Waters-Rimmer which was selected for the New York Times 1993 Notable Books of the Year.

It has been invaluable …