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Evanson wrong on coaching changes

In his column “Title IX complaints against UI valid” DI, Feb. 10), Keith Evanson doesn’t present the facts accurately.

Athletics Director Gary Barta holds all of his staff, student-athletes, and coaches accountable to the values of “Win. Graduate. Do it Right.”  As such, 11 head-coach positions held by men and six such positions held by women have turned over during his nine years as the UI AD.

And, as stated previously and repeatedly by the university, the decision to change leadership in the field-hockey program was unrelated to gender.

Barta decided a change in leadership of the field-hockey program was necessary after an independent investigation conducted by staff of the UI Department of Human Resources and the Office of Equal Opportunity and Diversity found it “very concerning that several (student-athletes) described a team environment of fear, intimidation, and/or mistreatment by Coach Griesbaum.”

The investigation was initiated in response to numerous complaints of harassment and mistreatment (by Griesbaum) from student-athletes in the field-hockey program over a period of several years.

Griesbaum’s employment contract with the University of Iowa contained the right to terminate her employment without cause that, if acted on, required payment of $200,000 to Griesbaum.  The UI terminated Griesbaum’s contract and fulfilled its financial obligation to Griesbaum.

Richard Klatt
UI associate athletics director

Comment on ‘Brown: Action on sexual abuse in the Catholic Church’

“… the commission advising Pope Francis is looking into the POSSIBILITY of sanctioning bishops …”

The assault and insult to the abuse victims and their families has no end … shame on the leadership on the Roman Catholic Church.

Michael Skiendzielewski

Comment on ‘UI/AIB concerns remain unaddressed’

My understanding is that AIB’s financial stability threatened the future of the school itself. Gifting AIB to UI will keep a higher-education option to students in that area, at least, and perhaps attract students in that area to benefit from UI programs. As the gift was only recently given, answers about the transition seem premature. And I assume AIB students, though I sympathize with their situation, would be equally upset if AIB closed without a viable alternative.

Sarah Langenberg

Comment on ‘UISG bill provokes tensions’

“Great student movements have sparked great changes in history,” Ding said. THIS IS NOT ONE OF THEM.

Osvaldo Francisco Diaz-Duque

Online comment on ‘tenure-track positions disappearing at UI’

These changes in hiring practices were first documented by John Cross and Edie Goldenberg, formerly dean and associate dean, respectively, of the College of Literature, Science, and the Arts at the University of Michigan. Cross and Goldenberg had noticed their own increasing reliance on non-tenure-track faculty in their college but felt the reasons for this were not accurately reflected in claims that administrators were hiring more non-tenure-track faculty in order to “intentionally save money by hiring less-expensive teachers” and further exploit them by providing little pay and benefits for many hours worked.

Many non-tenure-track faculty members labor under conditions that hinder the professional quality of their work. Lack of office space or basic equipment is a common problem that plagues their efforts to prepare course materials and meet with students. Non-tenure-track faculty are typically ineligible for research or travel funds, and those who are part-time substantially more so. Many institutions that require regular evaluation of tenure-track faculty lack any process for reviewing the performance of part-time and full-time non-tenure-track faculty members. This absence of incentives or rewards for performance speaks bluntly to the marginal status of non-tenure-track faculty in these institutions.

Osvaldo Francisco Diaz-Duque

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