Unionized in April, AFI Faculty Calls for Firing Its Dean

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Los Angeles Times

Reprinted from Deadline Hollywood by David Robb on August 23, 2016.

Claiming that “the AFI Conservatory is on the brink of unraveling,” a majority of the famed film school’s faculty has called for the firing of its dean. The move comes a day after Deadline reported that a wave of faculty firings and resignations had rocked the school as it began a new term Tuesday.

The union representing the instructors said “a vast majority of faculty” at the school has voted “no confidence” in the leadership of Dean Jan Schuette and requested that he immediately be “relieved of his duties and responsibilities.”

In a statement, the school said it “embraces change to ensure its peerless educational experience evolves with the art form. This march to the future is often driven by passionate disagreement, and we have received conflicting opinions from within the faculty and are currently ensuring that all voices are heard in this process.” …

Deadline Hollywood 8/23

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