We, the undersigned, strongly disagree with the recent decision made by the Center for Global Affairs administration to overlook Professor Joseph Coelho for the full-time faculty position opening in 2010.
Although, we understand the department's bureaucratic limitations and institutional necessity to hire only those of a 'visible academic caliber', the student body is also well aware of the esteem that a strong educator can bring to the respect of an academic institution. Academic integrity can not be won by name alone; rather, it must be judged on the basis of expertise and performance, first and foremost. Professor Coelho has, above and beyond, proven his ability to be a great teacher in more than just a name over the last three years. For those of us honored to have had him as a professor, we know that he both engages and challenges his students to be the best global citizens an NYU degree can provide, and it would be an unfortunate shame to see him leave because he has not proven himself to the superficial standards of the academic world.
Luckily, as you know, we have all taken Global Civil Society, as a required course and thus know the power that civil society can manifest in international relations. However, this power is not solely limited to the global order, but also impacts our everyday domestic grievances. Well, we the undersigned, have properly learned from our studies here at NYU, and are now mobilizing the student body to wield the influence we actually have to advocate for the full-time faculty appointment of Professor Joseph Coelho.