"Reallocation” at the University of Kansas School of Medicine: A Pathological Case History
On October 6, 1999 I was summoned to Dr. Powell's office and given a letter stating that my contract would not be renewed after June 30, 2000. In a brief discussion, she stated: (1) "Your Department is in a budget deficit, and I have to make cuts," and (2) "Your research does not fit the mission of the Medical School." The latter statement was especially amazing, since I had just recently earned promotion, via rigorous peer review, to Associate Professor, a senior faculty rank, effective July 1, 1999. Subsequently, I learned that Powell told the new Interim Co-Chairs of Family Medicine: "I cannot justify having an English major in a Family Medicine Department." Powell's statement about my research dismissed in one sentence my record of 80 scholarly publications, plus 100 lectures and seminars I had given all around the United States and in Europe, on topics of medical, intellectual and cultural history.
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