Over the past several years, usmnews.net has published literally thousands of reports from current and former faculty
who share my belief that USM has ineffectively and inefficiently employed far too much of its resources, both in terms
of money and people. The purpose of usmnews.net is not to provide a public relations view. That is amply supplied by
The University of Southern Mississippi's public relations department.
"The fun money is private money.
At Southern Miss, I've got state
dollars and I've got Foundation
dollars. It's real easy to tell them
apart. I tell people I've got two
checkbooks. I've got my booze
account and my non-booze account.
Out of the state money I'm pretty
constrained what in I can do. ...
Foundation dollars, that's when I
take my money out of my booze
account, I can pretty much do
anything I want with it." D. Harold
Doty, former Dean, College of
Business, University of Southern
Mississippi, current Dean,
University of Texas at Tyler
In August 2011, Martha
Saunders smiled as she
presented Galaxy Tabs to
selected students. Three
senior adminstrators were
suspended. Two are no longer
employees of the University.
declared herself "tired" and
resigned as president. (For
more reports re "Tabletgate",
For readers who have requested
quicker access to reports about Dr.
Saunders' and now Dr. Bennett's
airplane, please click here. A good
place to start is Cost Per Flight Hour
which includes links to the detailed
cost and usage data obtained through
open records requests.
Other current research by Chauncey M. DePree, Jr.,
DBA is available at Amazon.com:
Plagiarism Is Now Ethically Acceptable, AACSB
Affirms Copying Other Members' Submission
Documents "Without Proper Citation"
The Gordon Cannon Doctrine of Plagiarism: Dr. Gordon
Cannon, chemistry professor at USM, has surmised a
foolproof method of determining whether a document is
plagiarized. His method? He asked a few friends: Would
you consider copying bureaucratic boilerplate plagiarism?
Dr. Cannon did not provide the original or copied
documents or any context to his friends. He merely asked,
Would you consider copying bureaucratic boilerplate
plagiarism? His friends' answered, No.
And indeed there is no plagiarism. None at all. Ever. Dr.
Cannon's methodology proves that no document can be
plagiarized. Simply ask a few friends without showing
them the documents in question or providing any context:
"Would you consider copying bureaucratic boilerplate
With mathematical certainty, their answer will be: "Of
If The Gordon Cannon Doctrine of Plagiarism seems
absurd, you ain't seen nothin', yet. Read on.
Let me offer a way to communicate "Where
the Money Is (Not) At" to a general audience.
Entertainment. Offer (or gift) a novel,
"Choking Dead Chickens" to friends and
relatives who plan to go to college or have
kids on their way to college. Or to our leaders
who think they know what's going on on
college campuses. The novel is not written for
my colleague academics.
If you doubt that the parody, UH-V SBA Faculty Loyalty Pledge, is in
effect what Niroomand expects of junior faculty, take a look at a copy of
a letter from AAUP President of the Texas Conference to the Provost at
UH-V "convey[ing] ... concern about reports of coercion of untenured
faculty members in the School of Business Administration (SBA) at the
University of Houston-Victoria (UHV)." As the letter says, "That this
pledge of support was placed before untenured faculty members,
several of whom, we understand, are eligible for promotion and tenure
this year, and that members of the SBA administration were reportedly
present when these signatures were solicited, heightens our concern." As
the letter indicates, "... such a request [is] contrary to the fundamental
principles of academic freedom."
UH-V SBA Faculty Loyalty Pledge I, ____________________, hereby
pledge my allegiance to Farhang Niroomand, Dean of the School of
Business Administration at the University of Houston – Victoria. In
doing so, I affirm that it is only through the infinite benevolence of
Farhang Niroomand that I have a salary, health benefits, and a
retirement plan with which to support myself and my family. I also
recognize that any raise I am to receive, whether secret or made
public, comes only through his grace, and that I am entitled to nothing,
including the air that I breathe, which comes only through his grace as
well. Whether I teach online or face-to-face, in Victoria or in Katy, I am
forever indebted to my supervisor, Farhang Niroomand.
June 14, 2017
Farhang Niroomand, AGB
Conference, circa 2006
Once usmnews.net published the parody
UH-V SBA Faculty Loyalty Pledge, we
began to hear from colleagues that the
parody was in effect what Niroomand said
he expected from them when they were
junior faculty. From the personal
experience of this editor, Dr. Niroomand is
a blowhard and a bully.
A former colleague of Dean Farhang
Niroomand sent the following
editorial/parody. Many of us who have
had the misfortune of working with
Niroomand first laughed, then recalled
the bullying and threats used at
Southern Miss to keep subordinates in
June 15, 2017
Updated 14-June-2017 HELP WANTED A Look at Business Dean
Openings from Around the Country With four current/former CoB
deans moving around in the academic world, some USMNEWS.net
readers have requested an ongoing report that tracks current b-school
dean openings. Long-time readers of USMNEWS.net are aware that
Faye Gilbert is the current dean of the CoB. Another former CoB
administrator, Farhang Niroomand, currently holds the dean’s post at
the University of Houston – Victoria. Each of these is listed among all
southern university/college business deans in USMNEWS.net’s series
on deans’ salaries entitled The BSD Pay Project.
June 18, 2017
Farhang [Niroomand] Bullies Junior Faculty Readers want to know if
Farhang Niroomand's "coercion" of untenured faculty is anything new.
The answer is "no." The following is the sworn testimony of an
associate professor in the CoB at Southern Miss. At the time Niroomand
was Associate Dean in the College of Business. The testimony was not
questioned or refuted by Southern Miss or its legal counsel.
June 19, 2017
Farhang [Niroomand] Bullies Senior Faculty, Too Readers want to
know if Farhang Niroomand's "coercion" of untenured faculty is
anything new. The answer is "no." Nor is Niroomand's bullying
limited to untenured assistant professors. The following is the sworn
testimony of a professor in the CoB at Southern Miss. At the time
Niroomand was Associate Dean in the College of Business. The
testimony was not questioned or refuted by Southern Miss or its legal
June 20, 2017
Updated 14-June-2017 The BSD Pay Project A Compilation of the
Salaries of Southern B-School Deans Recent reporting here at
USMNEWS.net regarding the salaries of three former USM b-school
administrators – Harold Doty and Lance Nail, both former deans, and
Farhang Niroomand, a former associate dean – has drawn interest
among USMNEWS.net readers. In response to this interest,
USMNEWS.net has begun compiling a list of southern b-school deans
and their salaries, so that readers can draw comparisons between
those entries associated with USM and/or other Mississippi
universities and the salaries of b-school deans from other southern
states. Results of this exercise, which is ongoing, appear below in
Table 1. As always, please forward corrections and other updates to