Sacred Heart Professor to Resign after 40 Years Following Alleged Dispute over Diversity Requirements
January 24, 2023 | Connecticut
Gary Rose, political science and global affairs chair and professor at Sacred Heart University in Connecticut, will retire from the institution this spring after 40 years of teaching following an alleged dispute regarding curriculum change and diversity programming.
The Dean of the Department of Arts & Sciences, Mark Beekey, had asked Rose to implement within his department “new courses and diversity stuff added to the curriculum,” Ryan Silverstein, a Sacred Heart alumni and Rose’s former research assistant, told The College Fix in a telephone interview.
Silverstein said Rose was also told to change the department name to Global Affairs and to install a “track” system for majors similar to that at Stanford University.
The Fix contacted Rose twice for comment by email in January, the latest on January 12, and he declined both requests.
“It’s best that I not publicly comment on this development,” Rose told The Fix via email.
Beekey also declined a request for comment.
Rose allegedly disputed the proposed changes offered by Beekey, citing concerns over the potential impact on the educational quality of the department and major, Silverstein stated…. (Excerpt from The Connecticut Star)