Good News for Philosophy at Wyoming


Last month, the philosophy program at the University of Wyoming was slated to be eliminated, owing to a budget crisis. Now—good news—the elimination itself has been slated for elimination. I just received word from the chair of the philosophy department at Wyoming, Franz-Peter Griesmaier. He writes:

There are positive new developments for philosophy at the University of Wyoming—I met with the dean yesterday, and apparently, program cuts are off the table.

The administration has finally come to the—correct—conviction that dismissing tenured faculty would be disastrous for UW’s reputation. While of course there are no guarantees, it is pretty clear that we won’t have to fold up any time soon. The dean also discussed the possibility of merging philosophy with another department, as she sees safety in numbers, but even that is something to be carefully planned and not rushed. Right now, the admin is developing early retirement options and mergers of really small departments, along with tuition hikes etc. Next week, the trustees will have to sign off on the budget, but indications are that they will.

He also thanks those who voiced concerns and helped out, adding, “It is wonderful to receive such great support from our colleagues.”
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harry b
4 years ago

That is great news. Franz-Peter — please let us know if you want help in the future.Report

Franz-Peter Griesmaier
Franz-Peter Griesmaier
Reply to  harry b
4 years ago

Thanks, Harry! I think we are in the clear for now, but I will certainly let everyone know if the situation changes for the worse.Report

Matt Weiner
Matt Weiner
Reply to  Franz-Peter Griesmaier
4 years ago

Please do, Franz-Peter! This is excellent news.Report

Franz-Peter Griesmaier
Franz-Peter Griesmaier
Reply to  Matt Weiner
4 years ago

Thanks, Matt! And thank You so much for your quick action of bringing the original threat to the attention of this blog!Report