Tuesday, April 28, 2009 | 10:35 a.m.
In his weekly memo on budget cuts, the chancellor of Nevada's public higher education system tackled the issue of faculty recruitment and retention.
"There is no wall around the state of Nevada which prevents professors in any of the eight institutions of the Nevada System of Higher Education from leaving and going to greener pastures," Chancellor Jim Rogers wrote in the document released today. "The System is already experiencing raids on its faculty."
Along with the memo, the chancellor enclosed letters from leaders of each of the state's seven public colleges and the Desert Research Institute explaining how budget cuts have affected faculty hiring, retention and morale.
UNLV offered some of the most detailed explanations. According to a letter from Nasser Daneshvary, the school's immediate past faculty senate chairman, departments across campus have been losing professors. The College of Education has lost faculty members in each of six departments, the law school has lost three faculty members and the College of Liberal Arts has lost faculty members including a novelist and poet in its highly regarded creative writing program.