I was asked to share the following good news from UNLV:
The Fall semester began last week at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Philosophy Department Chair Todd Jones is very happy to report that the Philosophy Department will be open for business for the indefinite future with no faculty members being let go, despite the State budgetary woes that threatened to close the department last spring. A number of factors contributed to the department’s survival. One was a court ruling that, for all practical purposes, forced the state legislature to continue some taxes that were set to expire. Another was that hundreds of APA members and Leiter Reports readers wrote to legislators and administrators to say how misguided closing the Philosophy Department would be. It was important that officials were made aware that such a move, while possibly saving a small amount of money, would have been very damaging to students, and to the university’s reputation. The UNLV Philosophy Department is very grateful for the support it received from the philosophical community during this time.