CEDAR FALLS, Iowa (AP) — University of Northern Iowa professors have called an all-faculty meeting to discuss concerns about campus leadership amid steep budget cuts.
Cathy DeSoto, president of a faculty union, said the meeting will be Friday. She said it was scheduled after supporters gathered 30 signatures on a petition, a step required under school rules.
The union is not behind the effort, but DeSoto said she expects professors to consider a no-confidence vote in President Ben Allen, Provost Gloria Gibson and the Iowa Board of Regents.
Teacher education faculty members issued a protest vote Tuesday after regents approved Allen's recommendation to close a campus laboratory school.
Faculty members said Tuesday's 15-1 vote by members of two education senates was a symbolic protest against the process that led to Monday's vote by the Iowa Board of Regents to close Malcolm Price Laboratory School.
Cherin Lee, who leads the Secondary Teacher Education Senate, said professors are "very dissatisfied with the process" and question whether correct data was used.
UNI spokesman Jim O'Connor said the vote of no confidence in President Ben Allen, Provost Gloria Gibson and the regents is "disappointing, but not surprising." He says the closing is understandably difficult for many employees.
DeSoto said concerns go beyond that decision, saying professors feel they're being ignored.
UNI spokesman Jim O'Connor says budget cuts have taken a toll on faculty morale.
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