Was it the interface?

A story at The Chronicle discusses the appointment and immediate resignation of a faculty member elected as chairperson of their department. Below are some quotes from the article that make me wonder what one had to do to remove one’s name from the ballot.

Mr. Sheppard was elected under an online-election system, introduced last year, that was designed to make it easier for faculty members to vote and to get them more involved in campus life by automatically nominating professors for all posts they were eligible for.

Professors who logged on to the Web site but did not remove their names were assumed to be willing to serve. Those who did not log on at all were also listed, but voters were warned that the candidates’ willingness to serve was uncertain.

Mr. Hopkins says he sent multiple e-mails explaining the process.

Mr. Sheppard, who did not return calls for comment, reportedly claimed that he had logged on and removed his name from consideration. But Mr. Hopkins says computer records show that Mr. Sheppard logged on but did not remove his name, making him a viable candidate.

I’m really curious as to what the “website” interface looked like and what a faculty member had to do to to remove his or her name.

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  1. I’d be interested in this as well. This is similar in many ways to some issues I’ve faced at my University. It seems that increasingly, the onus is placed on individuals to opt out of things because it’s easier for departments to implement a blanket policy or decision without getting input from those involved and in some cases without informing those involved ahead of time. I have examples. Perhaps I should share them some time.

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