Tim Bostic, Plaintiff In VA Federal Marriage Case, Denied Tenure at ODU
Tim Bostic, of the federal marriage case Bostic V. Rainey which is set to overturn VA’s ban on same-sex marriage, was denied tenure by his employer Old Dominion University last week.
The Virginia Pilot is reporting both Bostic and the school administration are denying the lack of promotion has anything to do with the case set for mid-May:
The decision means Bostic will have to leave ODU within a year. He said last week he has decided to leave at the end of the current semester next month.
Bostic’s denial of tenure was the lead story in last week’s issue of the Mace & Crown, ODU’s student newspaper. The report quoted several students and faculty members praising Bostic’s teaching abilities and expressing shock and anger over his ouster.
Among those shocked by this move are Bostic’s Husband, Tony London. London, it appears against the advice of Bostic, posted on Facebook an extensive list of London’s achievements:
Research Accomplishments since 2010:
1 Book (Jossey Bass publisher)
1 Published Research Journal Article (Assessing Writing)
Article (Under Review):
Bostic, T. (under review). “The relationship between teacher empathy and the Standards of Learning; English, Reading scores of diverse secondary students.” Submitted to the Journal of Research in Education, November 2013
5 Grants or sponsored research projects (QEP; 2 for Academy of Music; Pearson; FIG)
5 Invited presentations/workshops (2 at U of R; 2 at OSU; 1 at JMU CTA)
1 Invited closing talk at TYCA
2 Major presentations at professional conferences, which are highly competitive (2011, 2013).
Consulting on a SCHEV grant that led to 4 workshops for Hampton
3 Contract courses for the City of Virginia Beach Public Schools
Consulted on writing curriculum development and textbook adoption for Virginia Beach Public Schools.
Nominated by the Provost to be ODU’s representative to the Virginia Department of Education on the End-Of-Course writing test for the Standards of Learning test.
English Education faculty on the Teacher Immersion Residency Grant.
Created a basic writing curriculum for Academic Enhancement and the Student Success Center.
Oversaw NCATE review.
“Tim has chosen not to speak about this subject,” wrote London, “however, as the person who loves him, I feel compelled to respond so that at least the truth is out there.”
The VA Pilot went on to detail how teachers receive tenure, including a 6-year probationary period, performance reviews, research and service.
Bostic told the Pilot “The students and my colleagues are very upset, and I understand that… Everybody wanted me to fight, and I truly do believe that if I had, I would have been fine. I just didn’t want to.”
Back on London’s Facebook post, friends of the couple were astounded to hear about Bostic’s denial of tenure. Charles Ford, a Professor and Department Chair at Norfolk State University, questions ODU’s judgement in the situation.
“Tim would be tenured anywhere with that record; ODU’s administration has much explaining to do; this is the most politically blatant move by an administration since tenure and academic freedom were defined by the AAUP before World War II,” wrote Ford. “How, if two of the people in the chain of command were from English — Dean Charles Wilson and President John Broderick — and the Dept. unanimously went for tenure, could this decision be put forth?”
Bostic and London are set to go before a Federal Judge here in Richmond on May 13th. This will be the last step in the fight for marriage equality here in VA before the Supreme Court hears the case.
Top image via Tony London’s Facebook.
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