June 12, 2015. In Spokane, Washington, the president of the NAACP is being investigated for her race, and whether or not she gave false information on applications.
At Eastern Washington University, Cheney, Washington, Rachel Dolezal has been teaching courses in Africana Studies for five years.
EWU released a statement which discriminates against all teachers in higher education, by making a distinction between "part-time" positions and "professors," stating that she isn't a professor.
Whether or not Ms. Dolezal did or did not provide false information, it is deplorable that the university uses its own hiring practices to demean all faculty--of hiring someone for five years and demeaning her with the term "part-time"
Students will lose confidence in faculty who are treated badly by the EWU administration, and for EWU to make this distinction shakes the foundation of the university.
It is the position at the American Faculty Association that all faculty are professors, and deserve professional and equal pay.
When asked about Dolezal, EWU released this statement Friday:
"Since 2010, Rachel Dolezal has been hired at Eastern Washington University on a quarter by quarter basis as an instructor in the Africana Education program. This is a part-time position to address program needs. Dolezal is not a professor. The University does not feel it is appropriate to comment on issues involving her personal life. The university does not publicly discuss personnel issues."
Update: June, 12, 2015 Washington Post refers to Dolezal as a professor.
The fascinating Rachel Dolezal story has more layers than one of those flaky Pillsbury biscuits. She’s the president of the Spokane, Wash., chapter of the NAACP and a professor of African American studies at Eastern Washington University, who was outed as not actually being African American. Her years of deception came to an end after her inability to answer a simple question at the end of an interview with KXLY television reporter Jeff Humphrey. “Are you an African American?” he asked.
June 14 and 15, 2015
The website, Spokane Economic and Demographic Data has two articles on this topic:
"Spokane is filled with idiots, unfortunately. And scummy hustlers. The area has so little diversity (click to see!) it has fake black residents now....At least we can say, with all the news people flying in – its undoubtedly good for the local economy, at least for a few days. Then its back to being the laughing stock of the world."
There are other issues in academia that deserve this type of scrutiny and action:
In Spokane, at least one professor is/was full-time at two institutions at the same time.
In Spokane, at least two English professors in the community colleges didn't have degrees in English, yet they got the first pick of classes, such as composition and literature which they hadn't trained form, and they were on most of the hiring committees.
And this leads to the question, of when Americans will look critically at 911 and realize that the guys who effected it are still free and rich.
As a nation, Americans must restore the ideals of liberty and justice for all, of health, wealth, and happiness for all. We can't sit on the sidelines and expect journalists to make everything right.