Saturday, December 5, 2015

Faculty members discuss impacts of University of Montana budget cuts - Eric Clements, MTN News

Many faculty members at the University of Montana fear for their jobs in the wake of an on-going budget crisis. Emotions and anxieties are running high among the staff at the University of Montana after president Royce Engstrom announced 201 full time jobs will be cut due to budgetary constraints. "My colleagues and staff send us emails. They are cautious, they are afraid, they are very anxious. There's this weird climate of anxiety and insecurity," French professor Michel Valentin said. That anxiety comes from an uncertainty about the future. No one knows exactly what jobs will be cut as not even tenured professor's positions are guaranteed. Valentin said staff morale is at an all-time low.

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