UIS prof resigns leadership after no-confidence vote

SPRINGFIELD — The chair of the University of Illinois at Springfield faculty senate resigned from her leadership position earlier today after her colleagues approved a vote of no confidence in her leadership.

Tih-Fen Ting, a professor in environmental studies on the Springfield campus, also resigned from the University Senates Conference, the committee made up of faculty leaders from the UI's three campuses.

"Given the circumstances, she has done the correct thing," said Don Chambers, chair of the University Senates Conference and professor from University of Illinois at Chicago.

Earlier this month, an investigation found Tih-Fen Ting, a Professor in environmental studies, sent dozens of anonymous emails to Lisa Troyer, UI President Michael Hogan's former chief of staff. Those emails, from a gmail.com account, contained various communications and forwarded emails from members of the University Senates Conference. Troyer later resigned amid the investigation into anonymous emails sent from her computer, from a yahoo.com account, to the senates conference.

The UIS Campus Senate resolution said the body has no confidence in her leadership and "condemns her unethical and unprofessional conduct both prior to and during the anonymous email investigation."

It also said Ting's actions violated shared governance principles and diminished the standing of the campus senate and the influence of the campus with the University Senates Conference.

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Sid Saltfork wrote on January 27, 2012 at 7:01 pm

At what point in time will there be an investigation by an authority who can interview Dr. Ting, Dr. Troyer, Dr. Hogan, and Trustee Kennedy.  An authority that can pursue perjury charges if falsehoods persist.  They all are subject the the State of Illinois Ethics Law.  Leaving the matter to the university president, who clearly has an interest in it, is wrong.  Yes, "wrong".  There is a difference between right and wrong.  Contractual obligations, tenure, salary, and prestige are void if the individuals violated the existing law.  Now; the university is stuck with two, maybe three, employees who will continue to draw high salaries with tenure being shuffled to nothing jobs for the sake of protecting the university's image.  Well, the image is shot!  It is only going to get worse.  It can be salvaged some what if the individuals did the "right thing", and quit with no monetary gains.  

asparagus wrote on January 27, 2012 at 8:01 pm

I completely agree. This is an instance of the 1% telling the 99% to stuffit! If "ethics" really mean ANYTHING to the U of I then the U of I will hold these people accountable, and will not embrace a double standard!

How can administrators at U of I expect to enforce ethics rules for the 99% when the 1% can skate?

The 1% are held to an even HIGHER standard because of the power with which they are entrusted.

THIS SHALL NOT STAND!!!