"a one year terminal appointment. . . . A terminal appointment means that your service at Calvin Theological Seminary will end when the 2003-2004 academic year is completed."
- When I was first told I was getting a terminal appointment, there had been no warningóno letters, memos, assessments. Is that good process?
- There was no consultation with my Division chair who strongly opposed the action. Was that good process?
- [The Ministry Divisionís unanimous vote to recommend my reappointment was ignored. Was that good process?]
- There was no consultation with you my colleagues. Was that good process?
- There was a tight time restriction for my appeal to the full Board, 20 minutes, with no opportunity for questions or interaction. Was that good process?
- During the 2004 reappointment process, when I sought to appeal to the Board, I received a memo from Henry stating that "if you appeal, you will harm yourself and your cause. We will inform the Executive of this opinion . . . prior to the Executive deciding whether or not to receive your presentation." I read the writing on the wall and backed down and did not make an appeal. Was that good process?
- False hearsay evidence was passed on to the Faculty Status Committee (resulting in a second term off tenure track) with no opportunity given me to respond. Was that good process?
expected to play 'hard ball' with the men on the faculty, which the author was not necessarily objecting to. The only problem is that women are expected to play 'hard ball' with a 'puff ball.' This is how I sometimes feel at CTS. . . . The message I sometimes seem to get from the current administration (and on some of the faculty evaluations) is that, if I play ball at all, it better be with a 'puff ball.' There is not a level playing field for women on the CTS faculty."
"It happens in ministry. I flee the face of God for a world of religion, where I can manipulate people and acquire godlike attributes to myself. The moment I entertain the possibility of glory for myself, I want to blot out the face of the Lord and seek a place where I can develop my power. Anyone can be so tempted, but pastors have the temptation compounded because we
have a constituency with which to act godlike. Unlike other temptations, this one easily escapes detection, passing itself off as a virtue." (87)