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.