Cedarville University in Cedarville, OH, is facing some trying times. The administration (specifically, the academic vice president) has announced its intention to cut the philosophy program and fire one or both philosophy professors (Dr. Dave Mills [Penn State], and Dr. Shawn Graves [Rochester]). The move is ostensibly to save money, but the numbers don’t add up- the philosophy program turns a profit and Drs. Mills and Graves sell more credit hours per-professor than most other departments on campus. The university has recently undertaken efforts to become more fundamentalist, and I fear the philosophy program is just the latest casualty of this movement.
Drs. Mills and Graves are outstanding men who both embody the ideals of community. They teach their students to think critically and interact charitably with all arguments and positions; I have the utmost respect for them as academics and teachers. Additionally, both have served their community often literally with the coats off their backs. Put simply, they don’t deserve this and Cedarville needs a philosophy program.
Students and alumni (including myself) have started a protest movement. We’ve started a  blog and a  petition ; I would encourage any of you who are interested to contribute to the former and sign the latter. The office of the academic vice president (Dr. Tom Cornman) can be reached at (937) 766-7770. Additionally, if any of you are university professors or similar, I would encourage you to spread word of our plight. We need all the publicity and help we can get.