February 9, 2009
From the members of the Faculty Senate
Letter to faculty members affected by the Reduction in Force Process
The post-Ike Reduction in Force (RIF) implemented on this campus has shaped a significant challenge within the University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB) faculty community. As such, it begs a collegial response.
The challenge has been manifest in many ways. Excellent and honorable professionals have been “RIFd.” They have served this institution well as clinicians, educators, and researcher/scholars. Many have been mentors, role models, and leaders. These individuals now face major disruptions in their personal and professional lives. Conscientiously, they are responding to demands that include meeting grant commitments under duress, honoring fiduciary obligations to patients, colleagues, and students, networking with colleagues to leave a legacy of valued projects, revamping their vitae to secure work elsewhere, or facing the rigors of an appeals process. Many are simultaneously rebuilding homes or community agencies damaged by Ike.
Members of the UTMB Faculty Senate unite in acknowledging the widespread and deeply felt impact of this post-Ike reduction on the faculty community. The loss is radical and real. We write this open letter to honor as esteemed colleagues those of you who have been affected by the RIF at UTMB and to thank you for all that you have done and continue to do.