Response to “Better Apart: SLU Should Sever Its Ties to Rex Sinquefield”

Originally Posted on The University News via UWIRE

This letter is in response to a few vocal faculty members that have been providing a perspective that does not reflect the large majority of the faculty here at Saint Louis University.

On Oct. 17th, the student newspaper published a letter from one faculty member suggesting that the Board of Trustees of Saint Louis University needed to fire one of the long-standing trustees, Mr. Rex Sinquefield. We strongly disagree with this view. The post suggested that the support that Mr. Sinquefield provides to politicians must be influential to their work, and thus, the generous gift he provided the University to grow our research eminence must have also been gifted with the guarantee of influence, yet this time over research topics and results. 

As faculty members, we were disturbed with the thought that any one of us could be so easily co-opted to ignore the training and commitment to the pursuit of truth on which we have built careers. The notion that faculty are conducting research and teaching outside of our understood ethics; that we faculty are as politicians, responding to the whims of constituents and funding, is insulting and flat out wrong. The article suggested that we circumvent this process in the face of funding. The scientific process persists in the way in which these funds have been administered.  It is clear to us that this specific gift provides opportunities for a competitive process to promote critical thinking training, advance basic and social sciences, as well as for the advancement of our humanities, using the past to inform the future.

Students and the university community as a whole need to know that this previous accusation does not represent the views of a majority of faculty and their opinion does not come from our elected faculty assemblies.

We stand together in gratitude for the generous gifts of the past, of today, and the future.

 

  1. Enbal Shacham, Ph.D.

Professor, College for Public Health and Social Justice

 

  1. Vasit Sagan, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, College of Arts and Sciences

 

  1. Ness Sandoval, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, College of Arts and Sciences

 

  1. Scott Martin, Ph.D.

Professor and Chair of Chemistry

 

  1.   James Edwards

            Associate Professor, Dept of Chemistry

 

  1. Dana Baum, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Dept of Chemistry

 

  1. Steven E. Rigdon

Professor, Dept of Epidemiology and Biostatistics

 

  1. Leslie Hinyard, Ph.D., MSW

Associate Professor, Saint Louis University Center for Health Outcomes Research 

      (SLUCOR)

 

  1. Steven Buckner, Ph.D.

Professor of Chemistry

 

  1. Istvan Z. Kiss, Ph. D. 

Professor of Chemistry 

 

  1. Takako Nomi, Ph.D

   Associate professor, School of Education

 

  1. Pamela K. Xaverius, PhD, MBA

Associate Professor of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, College for Public Health and Social Justice

 

  1. Christy Bagwill, Ph.D.

      Assistant Professor of Chemistry

 

  1. Jeffrey Scherrer, PhD

Professor, Research Division Director, Department of Family and Community Medicine

 

  1. Enrico Di Cera, MD

Professor and Chair, Dept of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

 

  1. Bruce Kowert, PhD

Professor of Chemistry

 

  1. Susana Gonzalo-Hervas, PhD

             Associate Professor Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

 

  1. Maureen J. Donlin, Ph.D.

Research Professor Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

 

  1. David A. Ford, Ph.D.

            Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

 

  1. Amanda Cox, Ph.D., P.E.

            Associate Professor, School of Engineering 

 

  1. Jack Fishman, Ph.D.

      Professor of Meteorology, Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences

      Director, Center for Environmental Sciences

 

  1. Chuck Graves, Ph.D.

       Associate Professor of Meteorology, Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences

 

  1. Brian P. Downes, Ph.D. 

Professor and Associate Chair of Biology

 

  1. Dr. Whitney A. Postman, Ph.D./CCC-SLP

Assistant Professor, Director of the Neuro-Rehabilitation of Language Laboratory, Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders, Doisy College of Health Sciences 

 

  1. Uthayashanker Ezekiel, PhD

Associate Professor, Clinical Health Sciences, Doisy College of Health Sciences 

 

  1. Charles C. KIrkpatrick, Ph.D.

    Associate Professor of Chemistry

 

  1. Kyle S. McCommis, Ph.D.

       Assistant Professor of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology

 

  1. Jeffrey Teckman, MD

      Professor of Pediatrics

 

  1. Christopher K. Arnatt, Ph.D.

       Assistant Professor of Chemistry

 

  1. John E. Tavis, Ph.D.

        Professor of Molecular Microbiology and Immunology

 

  1. John C. Kennell, Ph.D. 

Professor and Chair of Biology

 

  1. Brent M. Znosko, Ph.D.

Professor of Chemistry

 

  1. Terrance M. Egan, Ph.D.

Professor, Pharmacology and Physiology

 

  1. Marvin J. Meyers, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Chemistry

 

  1. Ryan D. McCulla, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Chemistry

 

  1. J. Gary Bledsoe, Ph.D.

Professor and Director, School of Engineering

 

  1. Michael A. Swartwout, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, School of Engineering

 

  1. Michael Elliott, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics

 

  1. Natasha Case, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, School of Engineering 

 

  1. Scott A. Sell, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Biomedical Engineering Program Coordinator

 

  1. Erin Chambers, Ph.D.

Professor and Associate Chair, Department of Computer Science

 

  1. Roobik Gharabagi, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering

 

  1. Miriam A. Cherry, J.D.

Professor, School of Law

 

  1. Ann Scarlett, J.D.

Professor, School of Law

 

  1. Erika Cohn,  J.D., M.L.S.

Associate Professor and Director of the Law Library, School of Law

 

  1. Doug Williams, J.D., M.A.

Professor of Law, Co-Leader Operational Excellence Program

 

  1. Chris Rollins, J.D.

Professor and Director of Legal Writing, School of Law

 

  1. Mark McQuilling, Ph.D.

Professor and Mechanical Engineering Program Coordinator, School of Engineering

 

49  William Wold, Ph.D.

Professor and Chairman, Department of Molecular Microbiology and Immunology

 

  1. Sarah George, M.D.

Associate Professor, Division of Infectious Diseases, Allergy, and Immunology, Department of Internal Medicine.

 

  1. Duane Grandgenett, Ph.D.

           Professor of Molecular Microbiology and Immunology

 

  1. Paul A. Jelliss, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Chemistry

 

  1. Richard Colignon

Professor and Chair of the Department of  Sociology and Anthropology 

 

  1. Adriana Montano, PhD

Associate Professor, Department of Pediatrics & Department of Biochemistry and 

Molecular Biology

 

  1. Anders Walker, JD/PhD

Lillie Myers Professor, School of Law

 

  1. Daniela Salvemini, Ph.D.

Professor and Interim Chair, Department of Pharmacology and Physiology

 

  1. Benjamin de Foy, Ph.D.

Banpu Chair, Professor of Atmospheric Science, Department of Earth & Atmospheric Sciences

 

  1. Hailong Qian, Ph.D.

Associate Professor and Chair, Department of Economics

 

  1. Fenglian Xu, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Department of Biology

 

  1. Sarah L. Coffin, PhD, AICP

Associate professor, Urban Planning and Development

 

  1. Zaitao Pan, PhD

Professor, Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, CAS

 

  1. David Crossley, PhD

Professor of Geophysics, Department of EAS

 

  1. Robert Herrmann,  PhD

            Professor of Geophysics. Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences,CAS

 

  1. Wm. Shawn Steadman, CEM, MArch

Director of Emergency Management, School for Professional Studies

 

  1. Wenyan Xiao

Professor of Biology

 

66.Michael Korybut

 Professor, School of Law

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