Friday, May 15, 2009

Dr. Boyce Dismissed by Syracuse University

Hello to my friends,

In case you don't know, my tenure case was denied, which means I'll be dismissed by Syracuse University.  I personally am not offended, as I didn't expect to receive tenure after the attacks by Bill O'Reilly last year and the work I've done speaking out on behalf of NCAA athletes (Syracuse earns tens of millions from athlete families and likely lost alumni donations after the Bill O'Reilly attacks - I stand by every word, however, since I won't allow a racist like O'Reilly to speak of lynching Michelle Obama or any other Black woman for that matter).  Additionally, our business school (The Whitman School of Management) has not, to my knowledge, recommended tenure for any African American, in any department, in its entire 100 years of operating history (I can't concur with the conclusion that every Black scholar on the planet is unqualified to be here).  So, while we can say all we want about elusive and idealistic concepts such as academic freedom, most scholars understand that the rules change when you are an outspoken Black man with no significant Black male power presence on your campus.  My role was to support pre-existing intellectual, social and administrative paradigms, not to engage in active, progressive scholarship.

But the goal of this interview is not to talk so much about my tenure case, since I don't need tenure in order to be validated as a scholar (I get supportive email every day).  The goal is to speak on behalf of my colleagues, many of whom are absolutely petrified of standing up to the administration in public (they typically agree with me behind closed doors and then say that they can't go public without being punished).  A supportive senior colleague (who is not Black, by the way) made it clear to me that if I do not stand up on these issues, then it may be another 100 years before another Black scholar has the platform to do so.  Being that I was the only African American on earth to get a PhD in Finance in 2002, I am used to fighting battles alone.  I am willing to sacrifice the rest of my academic career in order to do so, for I see this as a great opportunity to help others.

But I stand out of respect and love, not out of hate or anger.   Anyone familiar with the history of Syracuse University knows that racial progress has never come without struggle, so this is my opportunity to contribute to the legacy left by Jim Brown, my respected brother and spiritual predecessor.  I would not be here were it not for the sacrifices of those before me.

So, this is the first of a series of conversations I plan to have on this topic, as my discussions with Cornel West and others have helped me to realize that what I am experiencing at Syracuse is not an idiosyncratic phenomenon. Academia is racially sick, and we must all give it the necessary medicine. 

The first interview will be on "Make it Plain with Mark Thompson" on Sirius 146 and XM 167 at 6:30 pm EST.  I hope you'll tune in.  Also, if you want to see some of my commentary on AOL Black Voices, please click here. God bless.

Dr. Boyce

32 comments:

Big Earl said...

I can't believe that syracuse would do this. I guess things never change. They talk a big game about caring about black people, but if you look at their record on tenuring black people, it's as bad as some schools in the south. Education is one of the areas where racism is worst. They are losing one of the top black professors in the country.

Anonymous said...

Fuck Syracuse. They do this shit all the time and then wonder why black people don't like their asses. I hope they don't get any black players to come to their school because of this shit. Keep it going Dr. Watkins.

Anonymous said...

This is your opportunity to leave the chains of your institution and do something that fulfills your destiny. Be strong my brother.

Anonymous said...

"Bill O'Reilly is no longer the talk of the town and no one remembers what time to watch Sean Hannity's show."

And Dr. Watkins no longer has to slave for that "racist" university. Why don't you go teach at one of the HBCUs?

Anonymous said...

I think that you should also go to an HBCU Dr. Boyce. We need brilliant minds like yours at top black schools, not with racist universities like Syracuse.

What about Morris Brown? said...

Doc I know I been a pest at times, but please get in touch with us. We would love to have a strong brother like yourself at our school.

Anonymous said...

lol

Anonymous said...

Shouldn't you like go to his website and send him email? I doubt if he reads the comments on the blog.

Anonymous said...

Thank God that a black man is finally standing up. Academia is full of weak, pathetic black people who only care about themselves.

Anonymous said...

This is sorrowful. It is difficult to understand why Syracuse would do this to you. I wish you would consider coming to http://www.stcloudstate.edu , a public institution that values scholarly public services.

GAH said...

Even though most of these people don't know a lot about academic life, I know you do. Even though you probably have a case if the standards changed in mid process, you have to admit that your record is pretty weak. Come on now, Stock Option Watch? Journal of Small Business Management? Journal of Economics and Business? All "C" level outlets at best and Syracuse is looking for a few A's a good amount of B's and no C's at all. I don't agree with your outlook on race but I certainly believe you have every right to express it as much as you want but your outlook and your record are two different things and as it relates to your record, you didn't do what you should have.

Setting the record straight said...

Obviously GAH has not looked at the records of the other faculty in the Syracuse business school. Most of them do not have A hit publications and most of them do not have the world wide respect of Dr. Watkins. I have been in academia for decades and I know that it is white supremacist and judgmental comments like yours that make academia an incredibly dumb place to be. Nobody cares about any of these journals. What matters is your impact as a scholar.

GAH said...

I have seen the record of the faculty at Syracuse. Not all are very good, but they were better than the one that Boyce has offered in his tenure file. You have to have some A level pubs. That's a fact. At this point, his record doesn't. After tenure...he can do what his heart desires but he didn't put up a convincing file.

I don't know what to say about white supremacist comment since I don't think any white person is better than me (yes I'm black).

Regarding judgmental...of course I am. People with tenure judge the records of those going up. Referees judge the paper under review at a journal. I judge the performance of each student and then assign a grade. But if academia is such a dumb place, what are you still doing here after twenty years.

This is an odd statement"Nobody cares about any of these journals. What matters is your impact as a scholar." Most scientific discovery came from printed journal articles. How are we to know that you're a scholar unless your work has been vetted by peers? In addition, he should have known that places like Syracuse value journal publications, even if you think that they don't count. Maybe he should have sought tenure with you instead of his faculty colleagues because you have a standard of evaluation that clearly differs from that of most R1 schools. Bottom line...if you want to do what you want, get tenure first.

Anonymous said...

Syracuse university does not have a very good finance department. Given that Dr Watkins is probably the most well known black finance professor in the country, he should never have been in a mediocre department in the first place.

Anonymous said...

Academics are pathetic. They live in their own little world and give each other "prestige" and then exclude black people by saying they don't have enough of it. This man is respected throughout the world, but because 10 dorks across the country are not intelligent enough to understand work that impacts the world, they try to put this black man "in his place". Just a reminder of how dumb academics can be. They are also becoming less relevant in the real world, since most of my business school professors have never had a real job. They just publish in journals being run by their friends.

Anonymous said...

GAH is correct.In academia its "publish or perish." Dr. Boyce has been tried and found to be lacking. Yelling racism or expressing an ignorant statement like Setting the record straight said are just foolish and trifling. If Boyce has an actual case, which he doesn't, then he needs to lawyer up.

Anonymous said...

Whites see a business school that has not given tenure to a black person in over 100 years and they conclude that the most famous black professor in the world is just not good enough. The ignorance and arrogance is astonishing.

Anonymous said...

Sweet. We need to get rid of the likes of people like you off our campus. Your ghetto research is not wanted at any university, so maybe you will go south and pick some watermelon or something.

Anonymous said...

GAH is right. Out of 17 finance instructors, only 4 have tenure: 2 Indians, 1 Hispanic, and 1 Turk. Those tenured professors have published in more selective outlets such as Journal of Finance and Journal of Financial and Quantitative Analysis.

See for yourself : http://whitman.syr.edu/FacultyResearch/Faculty/Directory.asp#4.

You don't get tenure by being famous. Serious African-American professors would not want to be associated with Watkins because he spends more time trying to be a celebrity than publishing in his field.

Anonymous said...

Indians take care of each other in coalitions. They do that at my university too. Also, the "hispanic" is actually a man from spain. Your facts are flawed and incorrect.

Also, all of the faculty have just one publication in the top 3 finance journals, maybe 2 or 3. Also, many of their publications are with their dissertation chairs or with coauthors. Watkins has solo authored research and is the most famous black finance professor on earth. Kind of convenient how you keep going back to your little academic world when measuring this man's credentials. Let's talk about the real world, or are you afraid? You probably are, since you sound like one of those geeky, hide in the closet academics.

Sonny said...

Indians can be just as racist as white people, I know that from experience! They hate black people as much as white people do.

Anonymous said...

Below is a list of just a few of Dr. Watkins accomplishments in the media. Notice that NPR isn't calling any of the other geeks from that department to analyze the economy! I wonder why?




Dr Boyce set to appear on NPR - 5/19/09



Dr. Boyce to appear on the Jim Reith Show - 5/15/09



Dr Boyce in the Chronicle of Higher Education (article not available without a subscription to the site) - 5/18/09



Dr Boyce in Inside Higher Ed



YBW readers weigh in on the Dr. Boyce Tenure decision - 5/18/09



Your Money with Dr. Boyce: Oprah Winfrey is Not as Rich as you think - 5/15/09



Dr. Boyce to discuss his tenure situation on XM Satellite Radio - 5/14/09 at 5:30 pm



Dr. Boyce to appear on 100.3 "The Beat" in Philly - 5/12/09 at 8:30 am (top radio station in Philaelphia)



Bumping into Jay Z in Nigeria - by Dr. Boyce Watkins - 5/11/09



Dr Boyce discusses the alarming African American unemployment numbers on American Urban Radio Networks - 5/8/09



Dr Boyce and George Kilpatrick discuss the economic value of education - 5/7/09



Dr Boyce to appear on WVON radio to discuss the economy - 5/7/09



Check out pics of Dr. Boyce speaking to 20,000 people in Nigeria! - 5/6/09


Dr. Boyce speaks on Jeremy Tyler, the athlete who skipped his senior year of hs to play in Europe - 5/3/09



Dr. Boyce appears in Lagos, Nigeria - 5/1/09



Your Black Money with Dr. Boyce: Why Beyonce will Never Go Broke - 5/1/09



Financial Lovemaking: Dr. Boyce and S. Tia Brown ask whether wealthy men are allowed to cheat



An open letter to Russell Simmons - by Dr. Boyce Watkins



Dr. Boyce Watkins becomes the resident financial expert for AOL Black Voices



Dr Watkins and George Kilpatrick discuss Black Predatory Lending - 4/22/09



Dr. Boyce Watkins featured with Russell Simmons on CreditCards.com - 4/22/09



Dr. Boyce set to appear on BET to discuss Obama's first 100 Days in Office - 4/21/09



Russell Simmons responds to Dr. Watkins' NY Times Critique - 4/21/09



Dr. Boyce's commentary on Predatory Lending appears in the New York Times - 4/21/09



Dr. Boyce addresses the Black Law Students Association at U. Arkansas, Little Rock - 4/18/09



Dr. Boyce talks financial empowerment in the New York Times - 4/17/09



Dr Watkins discusses Financial Activism on CNN Radio - 4/16/09 - 5:30 pm EST



Dr Boyce discusses HBCUs on WAOK radio in Atlanta, GA - 4/16/09



Dr. Boyce on BBC World News to discuss Predatory Lending - 4/15/09 - 7:45 am



Dr. Boyce discusses Black Leadership and Economics on 900 AM WURD - Philadelphia - 4/14/09



Dr. Boyce ranks his top 10 Black Public Scholars - 4/11/09



Dr. Boyce explains to NPR and Farai Chideyah How Madoff Got Rich



Dr Boyce Watkins on BBC, PRI to talk about Black Athletes and NCAA Finances - 4/7/09



Dr. Watkins discusses African American scholars and tenure on WSYR - 4/4/09



Dr Boyce discusses wealth building and goal setting for young African Americans at Xavier college - 4/4/09



Dr. Boyce to appear on Wisconsin Public Radio Tuesday at 6 pm EST to discuss the financial implications of March Madness - 3/31/09



Boyce Watkins discusses NCAA finance reform and the lack of Black Professors on WVON, Chicago - 3/28/09



Boyce Watkins to discuss NCAA finance reform and Black athletes on WBCP Radio, Champagne, IL - 3/27/09



Boyce Watkins to appear on Gtown Radio - 3/26/09



Dr. Boyce on NPR to discuss NCAA finance reform - 3/26/09



Dr. Watkins to appear on XM Satellite Radio to talk about the money behind March Madness- 3/27/09



Dr Boyce in the Baltimore Sun-Times discussing the business of college sport - 3/25/09



Dr. Boyce discusses the NCAA finance reform at Loyola College in Maryland - 3/24/09



Dr. Watkins presents at Cleveland Fed-Kauffman Foundation Conference on Entrepreneurial Finance - 3/13/09



Dr. Boyce Watkins delivers keynote address to The National Black Graduate Student Association - 3/12/09



Dr Boyce signs on to address global Finance Conference in Nigeria - 3/10/09



Michel Martin of NPR Uses Dr Boyce Research to Analyze Obama Tax Plan - 3/9/09



Dr Boyce on NPR to discuss the economy, recent political news and events (click to listen) - 3/8/09



Barack Obama's Economic Pandora's Box - 3/9/09



Dr Boyce speaks with Santita Jackson about Eric Holder comments - 3/9/09



Dr Boyce Watkins tells CNN that Chris Brown should be punished, but he is NOT a Monster - 3/9/09



Dr Boyce talks money in the March issue of Essence Magazine - 3/7/09



Dr Watkins on CNN today at 3 pm EST - 3/6/09



Dr Boyce on NPR Wisconsin today at 5 pm - 3/6/09



What Chris Brown and Rihanna Teach us about Domestic Violence - 3/1/09



Dr. Boyce Speaks on the State of the Black Union - 2/28/09



Dr. Boyce speaks on what it REALLY takes to fulfill Dr. Kings Dream - Skidmore College - 2/24/09



Dr Boyce explains Financial Lovemaking to Students at Northern Michigan University - 2/22/09



Dr. Boyce discusses Financial Literacy for the United Way - 2/28/09



Dr. Watkins addresses students at Salem State University - 2/27/09



Dr Boyce addresses students at The Ohio State University - 2/26/09



Why Eric Holder was Right - by Dr. Boyce Watkins



Dr Watkins to discuss Obama Stimulus on XM Satellite 169 - Saturday 2/21/09



Dr Boyce on the Jim Reith Show - 2/19/09



Dr Watkins comments on New York Post Depiction of President Obama as a Monkey - 2/19/09



Dr Boyce addresses students on Race and Money at Northern Michigan University - 2/18/09



Why Chris Brown was Dead Wrong in the Rihanna Situation - by Dr. Boyce Watkins 2/15/09



Dr. Watkins and Rev. Jesse Jackson discuss the implications of the Obama Stimulus Package - 2/15/09



Dr Boyce addresses the United States Department of Labor on Financial Policy - 2/12/09



Dr Boyce talks Financial Lovemaking on Fox Business News - 2/13/09



Boyce Watkins on Fox 5 News in NYC with Kevin Powell to discuss Black Men in America - 2/13/09



Dr Boyce to talk Money, Black Politics on NPR - Tuesday 2/10/09



Dr. Boyce Watkins and Rev. Jesse Jackson discuss the Obama Stimulus Package - 1/31/09



Dr. Boyce: "Why the Downturn Might Actually be a Good Thing"



Dr. Boyce appears on The Steve Harvey Morning Show to discuss unemployment - 1/29/09



Dr. Boyce on Sirius Satellite Channel 169 to discuss the Obama Stimulus Package - 1/29/09



Dr. Boyce featured in AOL Black Voices - 1/24/09



Dr. Boyce Gives Academic motivation at NC State University - 1/26/09



Dr. Boyce set to discuss News and Politics on NPR - Wisconsin - 1/23/09



Dr. Boyce speaks on Obama-mania - 1/21/09



Dr. Boyce delivers MLK Day Address in Long Island - 1/20/09



Dr. Boyce Watkins on NPR News and Notes - 1/9/09



Dr Boyce set to appear on the April issue of Essence Magazine - Smart Money Moves for 2009



Dr. Boyce set to appear on the Wendy Williams Experience - 1/9/09 - 4 pm EST



Dr. Boyce to appear on the Mike and Juliet Morning Show (national television) - 1/9/09 at 9 am EST



Dr Boyce set to appear on the Ed Lover Show (#1 Show in NYC - Power 105.1) on 1/8/09 at 8:10 am EST



Dr Watkins to discuss Financial literacy on Hot 97 Street Soldiers - 1/11/09 - 9 pm EST



Dr Boyce discusses the Barack Obama Economic Stimulus Plan - 1/4/09



Dr. Boyce set to appear on 90.3FM in NYC to discuss the auto industry bailout - 12/14/08 - 2 pm EST



Dr. Boyce speaks on the Jesse Jackson Jr. Scandal in Illinois



Dr. Boyce discusses college athletes on the Big Idea with Donny Deutsch



Dr. Boyce speaks on the NCAA on the Black Athlete Sports Network - 12/10/08 - 6 pm



Dr. Boyce speaks on Black Male felons on 103.7FM, Waukeegan, MI - 12/9/08

Dr. Boyce Talks about the Bailout on XM Satellite Power 169 - 12/6/08

Dr. Watkins addresses students at North Carolina Central University - December 3, 2008



Dr. Boyce addresses students at Kentucky State University - November 30, 2008



Dr. Boyce on NPR, Friday - November 28, 2008 - 5 pm EST



Dr. Boyce calls for Barack Obama to help African Nations - 11/25/08



What I would trade for a Black President - by Dr. Boyce Watkins



Dr B on WBCP Radio, Urbana Champagne to discuss Black coaches - 11/14/08 - 3:30 pm EST



Boyce Watkins on 610 WPHT, Philadelphia - Thursday 11/13/08 - 8:30 pm



Dr Boyce on 900 AM WURD, Philadelphia, 8:35 AM EST - 11/11/08



Dr. Boyce speaks at the North American Society for the Sociology of Sport - 11/8/08



Why I am Proud of President Barack Obama - By Dr. Boyce Watkins



Dr. Boyce speaks about Obama on BET - 11/4/08



Dr. Boyce to discuss DL Hughley on WDAS in Philadelphia, PA - 10/30/08 - 1 pm EST



Dr. Boyce speaks of U. Kentucky racial incident on the Canadian Broadcasting Company Stations (National in US and all of Canada) - Wed 10/29/08



Dr. Boyce set to appear on Hot 97 (Street Soldiers) in New York - Sunday night at 9 pm 11/2/08



Dr. Boyce set to appear on NPR - Friday morning 9:15 am 10/31/08



Dr. Boyce set to appear on the Wendy Williams Experience - 4 pm, Friday 10/31/08



Dr. Boyce expresses concern for the new CNN show, "DL Hughley Breaks the News" - 10/29/08



Dr. Watkins to address Mcknight Fellows - 10/25/08



Dr. Watkins talks about the Financial Crisis on Al Jazeera International - 10/23/08



Dr. Watkins co-hosts Sirius Satellite Left 146 Channel with Mark Thompson - 10/22/08



Dr. Boyce speaks to the Delaware Chamber of Commerce - 10/24/08



Dr. Boyce addresses students at Howard University - 10/24/08



Dr. Boyce discusses Obama on Power 106.9 - Tuesday 2:30 pm, 10/21/08



Dr. Boyce with DJ Tasty Keish on 99.5 FM New York City - Friday October 17, at 9:15 pm EST



Dr. Boyce on Wisconsin Public Radio - 10/17/08



Dr. Boyce on the Tom Joyner Morning Show - 10/13/08



Dr. Watkins set to speak at UNC Central - 10/9/08



Dr. Boyce delivers address at UNC Chapel Hill - 10/9/08



Dr. Boyce appears on the Young Turks Radio Show - 10/8/08 - 7:30 PM EST


Dr. B featured on one hour Financial Crisis Special on Al Jazeera International Network - 10/6/08



Dr. Boyce speaks on the financial crisis on the Santita Jackson Show - WVON - 10/2/08 - 10 am EST


Dr. Boyce Speaks on Financial Crisis on NPR - Tuesday morning 9/29/08 - 9 am EST



Dr. Boyce interviews with Sandy Mallory - 88.9 WEAA, Baltimore, MD - 9/28/08 - 10:15 AM EST



Dr. Boyce set to appear on the Tom Joyner Morning Show - 10/13 at 6:30 AM EST


The 2008 Financial Crisis: What Black People Need to Do Now - By Dr Boyce Watkins



Dr. Boyce discusses the Financial Crisis on NPR - Wednesday 5 pm EST - 9/24/08



Dr. Boyce talks about the Economic Crisis on the Valencia Roner Show - 9/22/08


Dr. Boyce discusses Financial Lovemaking in Essence Magazine - September 2008


Dr. Boyce discusses the Financial Crisis on The Al Jazeera Network - 9/18/08


Dr. Boyce on The History Channel - Monday 9/22/08


Dr. Boyce on the Mike Gallagher Show (250 stations)- Friday 9/19 at 10:30 am EST


Dr. Boyce discusses the economy on The George Kilpatrick Show - 9/16/08


Boyce Watkins on NPR - 9/12/08 @ 5 pm EST


Dr. Boyce on the Valencia Roner Show - 9/8/08



Dr. Boyce and Jesse Jackson discuss Economic Inequality in America - 9/7/08



Dr. Boyce on the Jesse Jackson Show to Discuss Barack Obama's Convention - 8/31/08 - 8 am EST
Dr. Boyce on The Catholic Channel - Sirius Satellite Radio, channel 159- 8/29/08 - 3 pm



Dr. Boyce to discuss the financial value of Olympic Glory on the Fox Business Network - Monday 8/25/08



Dr. Boyce on the Jesse Jackson Show - Sunday Morning 8 am EST



Dr. Boyce to appear with Nas, Al Sharpton, David Banner, Marc Lamont Hill on BET - Tuesday 8/26- 9 pm

Dr Boyce, Al Sharpton on The Santita Jackson Show 8/22/08 - 10:30 AM EST



Dr. Boyce to speak to 40 Million viewers world-wide about Barack Obama's



Vice Presidential Pick - Al Jazeera English: Thurs 8/21/08 - 10 am



Dr. Boyce on with Fern Crossley "The Mouth of the South" - 1140AM



WAKK, McComb, MS - 8/20/08 - 10 AM EST.



Dr. Watkins and Rev. Jesse Jackson on the air - Sunday, August 17, 2008 (8 AM EST)



Dr. Boyce interviewed by The National Enquirer - 8/15/08



Dr. Boyce: Why Olympic Advertising Reminds me of the Batman Film



Dr. Boyce on the Jesse Jackson Show, Sunday August 10, 8 am EST.



Dr. Boyce with DJ Tasty Keish on 99.5 FM New York City - Friday August 8 at 9:15 pm EST



Dr. Boyce to discuss the state of the Economy on Wisconsin Public Radio - 8/8/08 - 5 pm EST



Dr. Boyce Watkins speaks of Dr. King's Dream on the Jesse Jackson Show - 8/3/08



Dr. Boyce quoted in the UK Guardian (largest newspaper in London) about the financial feasibility of slavery reparations



Boyce Watkins speaks on Economic Reparations for African Americans w Tom Joyner, Black America Web



Dr. Boyce to appear on The Santita Jackson Show (1690 WVON) Chicago - July 31, 2008 - 1 PM EST



CNN's Black in America - Why it Went Wrong - Dr. Boyce Watkins



Dr. Boyce appears on Sirius Satellite Channel 146 - 7/30/08 - 6 PM EST



Dr. Boyce on the Jesse Jackson Show - Sunday, July 27, 2008



Dr. Boyce Watkins in the Atlanta Journal Constitution: argues that college athlete - July 26, 2008



Dr Boyce Watkins on The George Kilpatrick Show - July 25, 2008

Anonymous said...

Research papers are reviewed anonymously without regard to the identity or race of the authors. Watkins is a self-promoter. If he spent less time writing about Oprah and Jay Z then he might have published enough real research to get tenure.

This was a routine decision. Most assistant professors in the Syracuse finance department won't get tenure either. It is bad for the perception of black achievement when people cry racism so easily.

Anonymous said...

I am a scholar myself and I can say that this so-called "anonymous review" is a damn lie. Also, while Watkins appears to be a self-promoter, I just love how the Syracuse University business school spends so much time promoting other faculty when they are in the media. Jealousy perhaps?

Jamie said...

I just heard about Dr. Watkins getting an offer to teach at Stanford. I think that would be a better fit for him, since they are more liberal out west. Syracuse has a terrible track record when it comes to tenuring black professors. I am not surprised that this happened to him. But maybe their rejecting the most famous black finance professor in the world will be an eye opener for people who just think that all black professors are not as good as the white and indian ones.

Anonymous said...

The bottom line is Boyce couldn't hack it so now he is playing the race card.

Anonymous said...

Disappointing. I hope (and am confident) you will land firmly on your feet at a better institution.

From a white right-leaning moderate who disagrees with many of your viewpoints but appreciates your commentary.

Anonymous said...

Dr Watkins, I really hate everything you say and what you stand for. But I am willing to die for your right to say it. Syracuse University should have given you tenure, for you are the most significant scholar on that campus. This is a sad day for freedom in the academy.

Anonymous said...

has not given tenure to a black person in over 100 yearsWrong - The university has 90 black tenured faculty members, including the business school's Associate Dean of Graduate Programs, who has a Ph.D. in finance.

http://whitman.syr.edu/Directory/ShowInfo.aspx?id=203

Anonymous said...

Boyce Watkins calls himself the "People's Scholar", however, anyone having been in a class with him will tell you that the only "people" he is referring to are black people. Watkins, himself, could be considered a racist in that he is extremely close-minded. Everything he sees is a race issue and will not even allow conversation of otherwise in his class room. A true scholar would promote such academic discussion.
It is clear that he is destined for attention and fame, rather than being a true academic. That is why he didn't receive tenure. That combined with the dozens of letters (including mine) from students recommending dismissal.
Thus far in Syracuse University it is my experience as an african-american student, that if a professor is qualified and connects with the right people he gets what he wants, and the black issue is sometimes seen as a positive because it boosts the pr of a "black friendly environment".

Definitely agree with this comment:
"You don't get tenure by being famous. Serious African-American professors would not want to be associated with Watkins because he spends more time trying to be a celebrity than publishing in his field."

Anonymous said...

haha good riddance racist

Anonymous said...

White people always call a black man racist when he stands up for black people. It's a stupid and predictable defense mechanism for their guilt.