Petition to Rehire Professor Lynn A. Westling

Students in Physics 112 have created a petition to urge administrators to rehire physics Professor Lynn A. Westling for the 2009-2010 academic school year. The petition reads as followed:

To Whom It May Concern:
Professor Lynn Adrea Westling has provided an invaluable service to both the Wesleyan Physics Department and the Wesleyan community overall. She incorporates wonderful in-class demonstrations, informative activities, and interesting topics in Physics into her lectures. She makes learning Physics come to life, especially in the context of the real world. Without her contributions to the Physics Department and Wesleyan’s Sciences, the university would suffer a great loss. She has changed students’ views not only of Physics, but also of the learning process. She is fair in her grading, and makes learning a constant process. She truly cares for her students, and makes it a point to see them succeed in her course. Please very strongly consider rehiring her for the 2009-2010 Academic Year.

If you believe Professor Westling should be rehired, you can sign an online petition at: http://www.petitiononline.com/bwaynyc/petition.html

[The above text was quoted directly from an anonymous submission]

While I’ve heard mixed things about Professor Westling, the impression I get is she provides a good class for those fulfilling NSM or pre-med requirements interested in physics but not interested in the (at times) tedious math involved in the calculus-based intro and upper level classes. There is no doubt in my mind she does more for the department and university than a certain other professor in the Physics department.

Its nice to see a group of students fighting for a professor they believe in. Good luck to Professor Westling and the students in Phys 112 and throughout campus who support her.

18 thoughts on “Petition to Rehire Professor Lynn A. Westling

  1. Anonymous

    Rollofson isn’t coming back, so I don’t see how any discussion of him relates. He’s not slated to teach any courses next semester. I’m pretty sure he’s just retiring a year earlier than he’d intended.

    That said, from what I’ve heard, Professor Westling is not the most competent teacher.

  2. Anonymous

    Rollofson isn’t coming back, so I don’t see how any discussion of him relates. He’s not slated to teach any courses next semester. I’m pretty sure he’s just retiring a year earlier than he’d intended.

    That said, from what I’ve heard, Professor Westling is not the most competent teacher.

  3. Anonymous

    Rollofson isn’t coming back, so I don’t see how any discussion of him relates. He’s not slated to teach any courses next semester. I’m pretty sure he’s just retiring a year earlier than he’d intended.

    That said, from what I’ve heard, Professor Westling is not the most competent teacher.

  4. Anonymous

    @2: Yes, he had health issues, but this was a problem for ALL his classes last year as well. He was even supposed to teach one class (Chaos) that got canceled because he wasn’t fit to teach it. This means students were left adrift, missing half a credit that they were expecting to have. Additionally, he only came to class about half the time when he taught E&M last spring.

    This is not something that “came to a head this semester”, he and the physics department made a BIG mistake on this one. It was his responsibility to take control of his class, even if that meant stepping down and asking others to fill in, instead of waiting for the administration to kick him out. I understand that he has mysterious “health problems,” but his conduct at the beginning of this semester demonstrated an extreme cluelessness about his behavior and apathy towards his students.

  5. Anonymous

    @2: Yes, he had health issues, but this was a problem for ALL his classes last year as well. He was even supposed to teach one class (Chaos) that got canceled because he wasn’t fit to teach it. This means students were left adrift, missing half a credit that they were expecting to have. Additionally, he only came to class about half the time when he taught E&M last spring.

    This is not something that “came to a head this semester”, he and the physics department made a BIG mistake on this one. It was his responsibility to take control of his class, even if that meant stepping down and asking others to fill in, instead of waiting for the administration to kick him out. I understand that he has mysterious “health problems,” but his conduct at the beginning of this semester demonstrated an extreme cluelessness about his behavior and apathy towards his students.

  6. Anonymous

    @2: Yes, he had health issues, but this was a problem for ALL his classes last year as well. He was even supposed to teach one class (Chaos) that got canceled because he wasn’t fit to teach it. This means students were left adrift, missing half a credit that they were expecting to have. Additionally, he only came to class about half the time when he taught E&M last spring.

    This is not something that “came to a head this semester”, he and the physics department made a BIG mistake on this one. It was his responsibility to take control of his class, even if that meant stepping down and asking others to fill in, instead of waiting for the administration to kick him out. I understand that he has mysterious “health problems,” but his conduct at the beginning of this semester demonstrated an extreme cluelessness about his behavior and apathy towards his students.

  7. Anonymous

    Wow, wow, wow. Hold it on the implicit Rollefson-bashing. He had a serious health problem building up, which came to a head this semester and made it impossible for him to teach. Before said health issue, he taught quite well, imho.

  8. Anonymous

    Wow, wow, wow. Hold it on the implicit Rollefson-bashing. He had a serious health problem building up, which came to a head this semester and made it impossible for him to teach. Before said health issue, he taught quite well, imho.

  9. Anonymous

    Wow, wow, wow. Hold it on the implicit Rollefson-bashing. He had a serious health problem building up, which came to a head this semester and made it impossible for him to teach. Before said health issue, he taught quite well, imho.

  10. Anonymous

    should not be rehired at all. passionate person, but terrible teacher. can’t get anything across to her students.

  11. Anonymous

    should not be rehired at all. passionate person, but terrible teacher. can’t get anything across to her students.

  12. Anonymous

    should not be rehired at all. passionate person, but terrible teacher. can’t get anything across to her students.

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