We have composed this petition without malice or disrespect seeking explanations from Dean Kevin Klose as to why key faculty members were dismissed from the college and what alternatives exist to the firings. We would also like Dean Klose’s future plans for the college made public in regards to the graduate programs, transfer students, incoming freshmen, and the annual budget now that these responsibilities no longer lie with those dismissed. After learning about the dismissals of Assistant Deans Steve Crane, Marchelle Payne-Gassaway, Matthew Sheehan, and a fourth staff member, the Philip Merrill student body, current and former staff were shocked and confused by these actions. Because of the state and university's budget troubles, it may not be realistic to reinstate the individuals who were dismissed. By signing this petition, you are requesting heretofore that Dean Klose be transparent and open regarding the future decisions within the Philip Merrill College of Journalism.
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Joey Whelan, United States4 years ago Comments: When I first entered Maryland I was an English major, but was immediately interested in transferring into the Journalism school. Marchelle was the first person I met with and she not only helped get me on the path to do that, but also provided me with a wealth of organizations I could get involved with outside of the school that would further help me develop and grow as a journalist. She is a tremendous asset to the Journalism School and the University of Maryland as a whole.
cindy wright, United States4 years ago Comments: -
apgripsh, United States4 years ago Comments: Taken from The Diamondback's story on the firings: "“Marchelle Payne and the others are large spaces of our school and a part of our community,” said Samantha Link, a senior journalism major. “For them not to be here anymore is depressing and is definitely going to have an impact on the school.” Link added that Payne-Gassaway helped several of her friends stay enrolled at the university." I'm one of those friends. I first met Marchelle after getting on academic probation following the spring 2008 semester, back when she was the advisor who handled all academic probation cases in the College of Journalism. Ever since then, she's helped me both inside and outside the classroom. I could spend all day writing about all the ways she has helped me throughout my Maryland career but I'll simply say that she's been one of the most helpful, positive forces to ever enter my life and I'm forever indebted to her for that. I decided to leave the College of Journalism and join the College of Arts and Humanities, switching my major to History, just a couple of weeks before this happened. I last met with Marchelle at the end of July when I informed her I would be doing this, but I also confirmed that I could continue to still make appointments with her and retain her as at least a friend and a helping hand, if not an official advisor. The news of her firing, as well as the firing of the other College of Journalism employees, shocks and saddens me. But it's made exponentially worse by the classless manner in which it was handled. I am actually PROUD to say I am no longer officially enrolled in a college that treats its own in the disgraceful manner that Dean Klose has. If nothing else, I strongly feel he owes an apology to not only the terminated employees but to his entire college for the lack of transparency and class with which he handled this delicate matter. And I hope for the sake of all of my friends still in the college that they will receive the much better and much more fair treatment that they deserve the next time such a situation arises.
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