In the problem below answer the thre questions at the end of the problem in no more than two pages. Answer each question separately.
Please read and understand the outcome and learning objective before completing the assignment.
Identify and analyze issues which arise between a college and its faculty with respect to employment and academic freedom.
Identify the legal issues involved in faculty employment.
The School of Engineering
at Elite University, a private, non profit university, has four departments: Electrical Engineering
, Mechanical Engineering
, Chemical Engineering
, and Aerospace Engineering
. Although the school has tried faithfully, it has been able to recruit only one woman faculty member – a third-year assistant professor of aerospace engineering
, Dr. Gemini.
Dr. Gemini has been offered a position at a prestigious university in a nearby state at a salary that is higher than that of several associate professors in Elite University’s department of Aerospace Engineering
. Dr. Gemini has implied that she would be willing to stay at Elite University if it can match the salary offer. Matching the salary offer will virtually exhaust the school’s merit pay increase funds for the new year. However, the school has been identified by the University’s affirmative action office as a unit in which women are severely underrepresented. In fact, the school will not be permitted to hire any male tenure track faculty until more women faculty have been hired.
The school must make a decision regarding Dr. Gemini’s request.
1. What factual information does the administration need before making the decision? What legal information does it need?
2. What decision should the school make? To what extent is this decision based on legal considerations? Policy considerations?
3. Would the legal issues change if Dr. Gemini had not received an outside offer, but merely demanded a bigger salary and threatened to leave if the university didn’t comply?
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