Dear Students, Faculty, Staff, Alumni, and Friends of the Fiction Writing Department,
First of all, I want to thank all of you who supported the Fiction Writing Department last year through a challenging prioritization process at Columbia College Chicago. To those of you who wrote testimonials on behalf of me as chair and on behalf of the department that we have all grown to love—especially those faculty who began the albersforchair.org site and those students, faculty, alumni, parents, and friends who signed petitions, wrote emails, and exchanged messages on Facebook—I can’t begin to express my gratitude for your support…
Friday afternoon, I arrive at a Columbia College Chicago building on South Michigan Avenue to talk with Fiction Writing Department Chair Dr. Randall Albers. Dressed elegantly in jeans and a French blue shirt with black stripes covered with a brown corduroy blazer, Albers’ height and distinguished presence make him slightly intimidating. Yet he smiles and greets me warmly, ushering me into his spacious office with a killer twelfth-floor view of the lake, and floor-to-ceiling bookshelves.
Although he’s technically on sabbatical, Albers frequents the department often to attend to students. We have about an hour to chat before his meeting with…
Hello friends and supporters,
Yesterday afternoon, faculty and staff at Columbia College received the following via email from Louise Love, Provost:
To the faculty and staff: I have been paying close attention to the messages that were sent at last week’s Listening Forum, in conversations, in e-mail messages, and in a meeting with members of the Executive Committee of the Faculty Senate. I understand that the campus community is concerned that steps are being taken towards implementation before decisions are made through the prioritization process. I want to affirm, therefore, that nothing has been decided and that any initiatives on my…
YouTube video of Columbia Chronicle’s video of the March 5, 2012 Listening Forum.
Since February 24, 2012, when we were told that Randy Albers would not be rehired as the Chair of the Fiction Writing Department of Columbia College Chicago, we have been on a mission.
A mission to ask questions about proper process, about the future of our department, its faculty members and its curriculum. A mission to seek out and work towards the best possible future for the students of Columbia College Chicago.
There has been confusion, passion, anger, discussion, contemplation and lots of writing. Much of that writing is in our Testimonials section, which we invite you to visit.
Liz Baudler wishes it were fiction.
But Columbia College Chicago’s proposal to combine its fiction writing department with parts of the English department, one of several efforts to improve efficiency and save money at the artsy institution, is all too real.
With enrollment shrinking, Columbia administrators undertook a “prioritization” campaign that, if adopted, would expand some departments while condensing, consolidating or eliminating others. Many of the changes are in the arts and culture fields for which the college is known.
Hello friends and supporters,
Rally for Randy!
Monday, March 5
8:30 am, 1104 S. Wabash
In Front of the Film Row Center
Columbia Chicago Chicago
Followed by the Listening Forum with
Louise Love, Interim Provost
9 am, Columbia College Chicago
Film Row Center, 8th Floor
1104 S. Wabash
Please, if you can, come and voice your support!
There has been a considerable response since the announcement that the administration at Columbia College Chicago did not renew the contract of Randy Albers, Chair of the Fiction Writing Department. There are several points to clarify. Additionally, many new facts have come to light since the Provost’s recommendations as part of the Prioritization process, which was released Tuesday, February 28. Clarifications: