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DO NOT MISTAKE A COMPASSIONATE AND LOVING HEART FOR JESUS FOR A WARRIOR AND ADVOCATE SUCH AS MYSELF, DIANE K.OLSON,WHO WILL STAND UP AGAINST FINANCIAL, INSTITUTIONAL & SOCIAL INJUSTICES AGAINST WOMEN SUCH AS MYSELF AND OTHER WOMEN WHO FACE FINANCIAL ABUSE

I WOULD ADVISE ANYONE WHO ASSUMES THAT HAVING A HEART FOR JESUS AND GREAT COMPASSION, LIKE I DO, MEANS THAT A PERSON IS UNWILLING TO FIGHT STRONGLY FOR WHAT SHE BELIEVES IN OR DEFEND WOMEN WHO ARE TREATED UNJUSTLY, ESPECIALLY BY UNIVERSITIES SUCH AS I HAVE BEEN, TO THINK AGAIN AND THINK TWICE BECAUSE BELOW THIS LOVING AND COMPASSIONATE SURFACE IS A MIGHTY WARRIOR AND ADVOCATE WHO WILL ALWAYS STAND UP STRONGLY AGAINST INJUSTICES -- ESPECIALLY INJUSTICES AGAINST WOMEN -- IN THE WORLD AND IN UNIVERSITIES. LORD JESUS WAS THE SAME WAY WHEN HE WALKED THE EARTH -- VERY GENTLE AND VERY COMPASSIONATE AND VERY HUMBLE -- YET ALSO VERY MIGHTY AND VERY STRONG AND ANGERED BY THE INJUSTICES AND LACK OF RIGHTEOUSNESS IN THE WORLD -- BOTH WHEN HE WALKED THE EARTH BUT EVEN MORESO NOW AS HE WATCHES OVER WHAT IS HAPPENING ON THE EARTH IN THE YEAR 2017. LIKE LORD JESUS, I AM BOTH A MINISTER OF LORD JESUS' LOVE AND COMPASSION AND GRACE TO THE WORLD AND A MIGHTY ADVOCATE AGAINST OPPRESSION AND ABUSE IN THE WORLD, ESPECIALLY ABUSE AGAINST WOMEN. I HAVE BEEN THE RECIPIENT OF ABUSE LATELY AND IN THE PAST AND SO HAVE FEMALE MEMBERS OF MY FAMILY LIKE MY GRANDMA AND MY MOM, AND I WILL NOT -- LET ME REPEAT: I WILL NOT -- STAND FOR THIS TREATMENT ANY LONGER. I HAVE SUFFERED SEVERE FINANCIAL LOSSES (AND SO HAS MY MOM) DUE TO THE SEXIST WAYS THAT I WAS TREATED AS A UNIVERSITY PROFESSOR AND PHD CANDIDATE AND I AM NOW BACK TO WRITING ABOUT THAT SEXISM AND INJUSTICE AND WILL NOT STOP UNTIL THINGS ARE MADE RIGHT FINANCIALLY FOR BOTH MYSELF AND MY MOM AND OTHER WOMEN WHO ARE SUFFERING FINANCIAL AND VERBAL ABUSE. IN JESUS' HOLY, RIGHTEOUS, COMPASSIONATE AND GLORIOUS NAME. SINCERELY, DIANE K. OLSON


THE ABSOLUTE TRUTH ABOUT WHAT HAPPENED AT THE STATE UNIVERSITY OF NEW YORK'S ENGLISH DEPARTMENT WHEN I WAS A PHD CANDIDATE IN COMPOSITION STUDIES AND TRYING TO FINISH MY DISSERTATION WITHOUT PROPER SUPPORT

DEAR GRADUATE DIRECTOR AT SUNY ALBANY'S ENGLISH DEPARTMENT:

GREETINGS. I WAS A PHD CANDIDATE IN THE ENGLISH DEPARTMENT IN COMPOSITION STUDIES, POETICS AND CULTURAL STUDIES AS OF 2006 AND HAD TO STOP PURSUING THE DEGREE/DISSERTATION (WHICH I HAD PUT VERY EXTENSIVE EFFORT, TIME AND MONEY INTO) DUE TO INSTITUTIONAL POLITICS, LACK OF SUPPORT FROM MY COMMITTEE AND LACK OF FINANCIAL RESOURCES. I HAVE RECENTLY CONTACTED STEVE NORTH, WHO WAS MY CHAIR AT THE TIME (MY PREVIOUS CHAIR WAS CY KNOBLAUCH, WHO HAD TO LEAVE FOR UNIVERSITY OF NORTH CAROLINA, CHARLOTTE IN 1999, THE SAME TIME I RECEIVED A TEACHING FELLOWSHIP AT GEORGIA TECH) YET HAVEN'T HEARD BACK FROM HIM IN SEVERAL MONTHS. I DID HEAR FROM HIM BRIEFLY EARLIER THIS YEAR IN RESPONSE TO A WEBSITE THAT I HAVE www.compositionstudies.com WHICH IS EVIDENCE THAT I AM STILL ACTIVELY AND PASSIONATELY INVOLVED IN WRITING ABOUT ISSUES IN THE FIELD OF COMPOSITION STUDIES. I HAVE ACTUALLY WORKED IN COMPOSITION STUDIES FOR NEARLY 27 YEARS NOW -- SINCE I WAS AN UNDERGRADUATE AND EVEN DID MY UNDERGRADUATE HONORS THESIS IN COMPOSITION STUDIES AND MULTICULTURALISM. THE REASON THAT I WOULD LIKE TO FINISH THE PHD NOW IS BECAUSE I REALLY WANT TO GET BACK TO TEACHING AND I HAVE APPLIED AT MANY UNIVERSITIES THROUGHOUT THE COUNTRY (I CURRENTLY RESIDE IN IOWA BUT HAVE LIVED ON THE EAST COAST IN NEW YORK AND ATLANTA, WHERE I HAD AN ABD TEACHING FELLOWSHIP IN THE SCHOOL OF LITERATURE, CULTURE AND COMMUNICATION). I AM A VERY GIFTED AND PASSIONATE TEACHER AND I CURRENTLY FEEL STRANDED IN THE SUBURBS OF WEST DES MOINES, IOWA WITHOUT EMPLOYMENT, WHERE I SHOULD NOT BE -- I SHOULD BE TEACHING RIGHT NOW. I STILL HAVE ALL OF MY DISSERTATION MATERIALS AND WRITINGS IN A BINDER AND MY CV IS POSTED ON MY WEBSITE www.compositionstudies.com (A SITE WHICH I HAVE HAD SINCE 2004). AND I AM STILL VERY PASSIONATE AND INVESTED IN THE ISSUES OF MY DISSERTATION, AS I ALWAYS HAVE BEEN. THE CONDITIONS UNDER WHICH I WAS FORCED TO ABANDON WORK ON MY PHD WERE EXTREMELY UNJUST AND UNFAIR TO ME AND I FEEL AS IF GENDER AND SEXISM HAD A STRONG ROLE TO PLAY IN THE LACK OF SUPPORT AND THE INSTITUTIONAL POLITICS THAT WERE GOING ON IN REGARDS TO MY DISSERTATION. THE PROBLEMS STARTED IN DECEMBER OF 2003, RIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS, WHEN I WAS SUDDENLY CONTACTED BY THE CURRENT CHAIR OF THE DEPARTMENT RICHARD BARNEY, WHO I UNDERSTAND IS STILL AT ALBANY, AND TOLD IN AN EMAIL THAT I HAD SERIOUS PROBLEMS WITH MY DISSERTATION DIRECTOR -- PROBLEMS NEVER, EVER CONVEYED TO ME PREVIOUSLY -- YET DR. BARNEY COULD NOT DISCUSS THOSE ISSUES UNTIL AFTER THE CHRISTMAS HOLIDAY. I FELT BETRAYED AT THE TIME AND IN THE DARK ABOUT WHAT WAS GOING ON AND WAS TRAUMATIZED BY THE LACK OF SUPPORT. IT IS STILL VERY FRESH IN MY MEMORY AND IS WHAT EVENTUALLY RESULTED IN THE LACK OF SUPPORT TO FINISH MY DISSERTATION, WHICH I RELUCTANTLY -- VERY RELUCTANTLY -- LAYED DOWN IN JULY OF 2006. I FELT EXTREMELY UNSUPPORTED DESPITE MY EXTENSIVE WRITING AND EVEN THOUGH I DID NOT RECEIVE MY PHD FOR ALL OF THE WORK THAT I DID AND TIME THAT I INVESTED, I HAVE ALWAYS WANTED TO FINISH THE PHD AND IN FACT NEED THAT PHD FOR TEACHING JOBS IN COMPOSITION STUDIES AND FURTHER EMPLOYMENT AND DO REGARD SUNY ALBANY (THE UNIVERSITY AT ALBANY) AS RESPONSIBLE FOR MY ECONOMIC AND FINANCIAL STRUGGLES DUE TO NOT BEING ABLE TO COMPLETE THE PHD AND THROWING UP SO MANY INSTITUTIONAL ROADBLOCKS TO ITS COMPLETION.

SO THIS IS WHY I AM ADDRESSING YOU AND THE DEPARTMENT RIGHT NOW, AS I HAVE ALREADY EMAILED DR. STEVE NORTH RECENTLY ABOUT MY STRONG DESIRE TO FINISH THAT DISSERTATION WITH THE PROPER ACADEMIC AND INSTITUTIONAL SUPPORT -- IN FACT, MY NEED TO FINISH THAT DISSERTATION AND RECEIVE MY PHD WHICH I SHOULD HAVE RECEIVED MANY YEARS AGO AND AM MERITED TO RECEIVE BASED UPON ALL OF THE WRITINGS THAT I DID TOWARD THE PHD IN WRITING, TEACHING AND CRITICISM. I HAVE SUFFERED FINANCIALLY WITHOUT IT AND WITHOUT BEING IN AN ACADEMIC ENVIRONMENT AND AGAIN, I FEEL THAT THERE WAS A VERY STRONG GENDER BIAS GOING ON WITH THE BARRIERS THAT I ENCOUNTERED BETWEEN 2003 and 2006.

I CAN BE REACHED AT THE CELLPHONE and THE EMAIL. . IT IS A NY CELLPHONE NUMBER BUT I HAVE RESIDED IN WEST DES MOINES, IOWA SINCE 2006. MY SITUATION CURRENTLY IS EXTREMELY UNJUST AND UNFAIR AND I DO STILL HOLD THE SUNY ALBANY ENGLISH DEPARTMENT AS ACCOUNTABLE AND RESPONSIBLE FOR HOW THIS HAS TURNED OUT.

SINCERELY,

DIANE K. OLSON

Diane K. <dianekolson@gmail.com>
Oct 17

to ggriffith, jlilley
---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Diane K. <dianekolson@gmail.com>
Date: Tue, Oct 17, 2017 at 4:19 PM
Subject: REGARDING MY REQUEST TO COMPLETE MY PHD IN WRITING, TEACHING AND CRITICISM AT SUNY ALBANY
To: kcummings2@albany.edu

 

DEAR GRADUATE DIRECTOR AT SUNY ALBANY'S ENGLISH DEPARTMENT:

GREETINGS. I WAS A PHD CANDIDATE IN THE ENGLISH DEPARTMENT IN COMPOSITION STUDIES, POETICS AND CULTURAL STUDIES AS OF 2006 AND HAD TO STOP PURSUING THE DEGREE/DISSERTATION (WHICH I HAD PUT VERY EXTENSIVE EFFORT, TIME AND MONEY INTO) DUE TO INSTITUTIONAL POLITICS, LACK OF SUPPORT FROM MY COMMITTEE AND LACK OF FINANCIAL RESOURCES. I HAVE RECENTLY CONTACTED STEVE NORTH, WHO WAS MY CHAIR AT THE TIME (MY PREVIOUS CHAIR WAS CY KNOBLAUCH, WHO HAD TO LEAVE FOR UNIVERSITY OF NORTH CAROLINA, CHARLOTTE IN 1999, THE SAME TIME I RECEIVED A TEACHING FELLOWSHIP AT GEORGIA TECH) YET HAVEN'T HEARD BACK FROM HIM IN SEVERAL MONTHS. I DID HEAR FROM HIM BRIEFLY EARLIER THIS YEAR IN RESPONSE TO A WEBSITE THAT I HAVE www.compositionstudies.com WHICH IS EVIDENCE THAT I AM STILL ACTIVELY AND PASSIONATELY INVOLVED IN WRITING ABOUT ISSUES IN THE FIELD OF COMPOSITION STUDIES. I HAVE ACTUALLY WORKED IN COMPOSITION STUDIES FOR NEARLY 27 YEARS NOW -- SINCE I WAS AN UNDERGRADUATE AND EVEN DID MY UNDERGRADUATE HONORS THESIS IN COMPOSITION STUDIES AND MULTICULTURALISM. THE REASON THAT I WOULD LIKE TO FINISH THE PHD NOW IS BECAUSE I REALLY WANT TO GET BACK TO TEACHING AND I HAVE APPLIED AT MANY UNIVERSITIES THROUGHOUT THE COUNTRY (I CURRENTLY RESIDE IN IOWA BUT HAVE LIVED ON THE EAST COAST IN NEW YORK AND ATLANTA, WHERE I HAD AN ABD TEACHING FELLOWSHIP IN THE SCHOOL OF LITERATURE, CULTURE AND COMMUNICATION AT GEORGIA TECH). I AM A VERY GIFTED AND PASSIONATE TEACHER AND I CURRENTLY FEEL STRANDED IN THE SUBURBS OF WEST DES MOINES, IOWA WITHOUT EMPLOYMENT, WHERE I SHOULD NOT BE -- I SHOULD BE TEACHING RIGHT NOW. I STILL HAVE ALL OF MY DISSERTATION MATERIALS AND WRITINGS IN A BINDER AND MY CV IS POSTED ON MY WEBSITE www.compositionstudies.com (A SITE WHICH I HAVE HAD SINCE 2004). AND I AM STILL VERY PASSIONATE AND INVESTED IN THE ISSUES OF MY DISSERTATION, AS I ALWAYS HAVE BEEN. THE CONDITIONS UNDER WHICH I WAS FORCED TO ABANDON WORK ON MY PHD WERE EXTREMELY UNJUST AND UNFAIR TO ME AND I FEEL AS IF GENDER AND SEXISM HAD A STRONG ROLE TO PLAY IN THE LACK OF SUPPORT AND THE INSTITUTIONAL POLITICS THAT WERE GOING ON IN REGARDS TO MY DISSERTATION. THE PROBLEMS STARTED IN DECEMBER OF 2003, RIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS, WHEN I WAS SUDDENLY CONTACTED BY THE CURRENT CHAIR OF THE DEPARTMENT RICHARD BARNEY, WHO I UNDERSTAND IS STILL AT ALBANY, AND TOLD IN AN EMAIL THAT I HAD SERIOUS PROBLEMS WITH MY DISSERTATION DIRECTOR -- PROBLEMS NEVER, EVER CONVEYED TO ME PREVIOUSLY -- YET DR. BARNEY COULD NOT DISCUSS THOSE ISSUES UNTIL AFTER THE CHRISTMAS HOLIDAY. I FELT BETRAYED AT THE TIME AND IN THE DARK ABOUT WHAT WAS GOING ON AND WAS TRAUMATIZED BY THE LACK OF SUPPORT. IT IS STILL VERY FRESH IN MY MEMORY AND IS WHAT EVENTUALLY RESULTED IN THE LACK OF SUPPORT TO FINISH MY DISSERTATION, WHICH I RELUCTANTLY -- VERY RELUCTANTLY -- LAYED DOWN IN JULY OF 2006. I FELT EXTREMELY UNSUPPORTED DESPITE MY EXTENSIVE WRITING AND EVEN THOUGH I DID NOT RECEIVE MY PHD FOR ALL OF THE WORK THAT I DID AND TIME THAT I INVESTED, I HAVE ALWAYS WANTED TO FINISH THE PHD AND IN FACT NEED THAT PHD FOR TEACHING JOBS IN COMPOSITION STUDIES AND FURTHER EMPLOYMENT AND DO REGARD SUNY ALBANY (THE UNIVERSITY AT ALBANY) AS RESPONSIBLE FOR MY ECONOMIC AND FINANCIAL STRUGGLES DUE TO NOT BEING ABLE TO COMPLETE THE PHD AND THROWING UP SO MANY INSTITUTIONAL ROADBLOCKS TO ITS COMPLETION.

 

Diane K. <dianekolson@gmail.com>
Oct 31

to ggriffith, James, kcummings2
DEAR UNIVERSITY AT ALBANY, ENGLISH DEPARTMENT, GRADUATE PROGRAM -- I HAVE NOT RECEIVED A RESPONSE TO THIS LETTER/EMAIL ADDRESSED TO YOU ON OCTOBER 17th, AND THIS ISSUE IS NOT GOING AWAY BECAUSE I SHOULD BE IN A UNIVERSITY TEACHING POSITION RIGHT NOW IN COMPOSITION STUDIES AND CULTURAL STUDIES AND I HAVE SUFFERED FINANCIALLY FROM ALL OF THE INSTITUTIONAL ROADBLOCKS THROWN UP BY THE DEPARTMENT WHEN I WAS TRYING TO COMPLETE MY DISSERTATION AT SUNY ALBANY. I HAVE SUFFERED CONSIDERABLE FINANCIAL LOSS DUE TO WHAT HAS HAPPENED, AND I HAVE NOT RECEIVED THE PROPER INSTITUTIONAL AND DEPARTMENTAL SUPPORT, AS A WOMAN, IN GETTING BACK TO MY TEACHING CAREER. I HAVE AMPLE WRITTEN EVIDENCE THAT I SHOULD HAVE RECEIVED THE DEGREE BY NOW. I DO FEEL, VERY STRONGLY, THAT SEXISM HAS PLAYED A ROLE IN HOW I HAVE BEEN INDIFFERENTLY TREATED BY THE DEPARTMENT AND CAST ASIDE. MY CONCERNS WILL NOT BE CAST ASIDE ANY LONGER -- WHAT HAPPENED IN DECEMBER OF 2003 WAS BLATANTLY WRONG AND HOW I WAS TREATED THEREAFTER WAS ALSO BLATANTLY WRONG, AND I AM ONCE AGAIN REQUESTING THAT THE DEPARTMENT MAKE THINGS RIGHT FOR ME AND GIVE ME THE PROPER ASSISTANCE IN GETTING BACK TO MY TEACHING AND MY CAREER. I HAVE SUFFERED SIGNIFICANT FINANCIAL DAMAGE DUE TO ALL OF THIS.

SINCERELY,

DIANE K. OLSON

DEAR GRADUATE DIRECTOR AT SUNY ALBANY'S ENGLISH DEPARTMENT:

GREETINGS. I WAS A PHD CANDIDATE IN THE ENGLISH DEPARTMENT IN COMPOSITION STUDIES, POETICS AND CULTURAL STUDIES AS OF 2006 AND HAD TO STOP PURSUING THE DEGREE/DISSERTATION (WHICH I HAD PUT VERY EXTENSIVE EFFORT, TIME AND MONEY INTO) DUE TO INSTITUTIONAL POLITICS, LACK OF SUPPORT FROM MY COMMITTEE AND LACK OF FINANCIAL RESOURCES. I HAVE RECENTLY CONTACTED STEVE NORTH, WHO WAS MY CHAIR AT THE TIME (MY PREVIOUS CHAIR WAS CY KNOBLAUCH, WHO HAD TO LEAVE FOR UNIVERSITY OF NORTH CAROLINA, CHARLOTTE IN 1999, THE SAME TIME I RECEIVED A TEACHING FELLOWSHIP AT GEORGIA TECH) YET HAVEN'T HEARD BACK FROM HIM IN SEVERAL MONTHS. I DID HEAR FROM HIM BRIEFLY EARLIER THIS YEAR IN RESPONSE TO A WEBSITE THAT I HAVE www.compositionstudies.com WHICH IS EVIDENCE THAT I AM STILL ACTIVELY AND PASSIONATELY INVOLVED IN WRITING ABOUT ISSUES IN THE FIELD OF COMPOSITION STUDIES. I HAVE ACTUALLY WORKED IN COMPOSITION STUDIES FOR NEARLY 27 YEARS NOW -- SINCE I WAS AN UNDERGRADUATE AND EVEN DID MY UNDERGRADUATE HONORS THESIS IN COMPOSITION STUDIES AND MULTICULTURALISM. THE REASON THAT I WOULD LIKE TO FINISH THE PHD NOW IS BECAUSE I REALLY WANT TO GET BACK TO TEACHING AND I HAVE APPLIED AT MANY UNIVERSITIES THROUGHOUT THE COUNTRY (I CURRENTLY RESIDE IN IOWA BUT HAVE LIVED ON THE EAST COAST IN NEW YORK AND ATLANTA, WHERE I HAD AN ABD TEACHING FELLOWSHIP IN THE SCHOOL OF LITERATURE, CULTURE AND COMMUNICATION). I AM A VERY GIFTED AND PASSIONATE TEACHER AND I CURRENTLY FEEL STRANDED IN THE SUBURBS OF WEST DES MOINES, IOWA WITHOUT EMPLOYMENT, WHERE I SHOULD NOT BE -- I SHOULD BE TEACHING RIGHT NOW. I STILL HAVE ALL OF MY DISSERTATION MATERIALS AND WRITINGS IN A BINDER AND MY CV IS POSTED ON MY WEBSITE www.compositionstudies.com (A SITE WHICH I HAVE HAD SINCE 2004). AND I AM STILL VERY PASSIONATE AND INVESTED IN THE ISSUES OF MY DISSERTATION, AS I ALWAYS HAVE BEEN. THE CONDITIONS UNDER WHICH I WAS FORCED TO ABANDON WORK ON MY PHD WERE EXTREMELY UNJUST AND UNFAIR TO ME AND I FEEL AS IF GENDER AND SEXISM HAD A STRONG ROLE TO PLAY IN THE LACK OF SUPPORT AND THE INSTITUTIONAL POLITICS THAT WERE GOING ON IN REGARDS TO MY DISSERTATION. THE PROBLEMS STARTED IN DECEMBER OF 2003, RIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS, WHEN I WAS SUDDENLY CONTACTED BY THE CURRENT CHAIR OF THE DEPARTMENT RICHARD BARNEY, WHO I UNDERSTAND IS STILL AT ALBANY, AND TOLD IN AN EMAIL THAT I HAD SERIOUS PROBLEMS WITH MY DISSERTATION DIRECTOR -- PROBLEMS NEVER, EVER CONVEYED TO ME PREVIOUSLY -- YET DR. BARNEY COULD NOT DISCUSS THOSE ISSUES UNTIL AFTER THE CHRISTMAS HOLIDAY. I FELT BETRAYED AT THE TIME AND IN THE DARK ABOUT WHAT WAS GOING ON AND WAS TRAUMATIZED BY THE LACK OF SUPPORT. IT IS STILL VERY FRESH IN MY MEMORY AND IS WHAT EVENTUALLY RESULTED IN THE LACK OF SUPPORT TO FINISH MY DISSERTATION, WHICH I RELUCTANTLY -- VERY RELUCTANTLY -- LAYED DOWN IN JULY OF 2006. I FELT EXTREMELY UNSUPPORTED DESPITE MY EXTENSIVE WRITING AND EVEN THOUGH I DID NOT RECEIVE MY PHD FOR ALL OF THE WORK THAT I DID AND TIME THAT I INVESTED, I HAVE ALWAYS WANTED TO FINISH THE PHD AND IN FACT NEED THAT PHD FOR TEACHING JOBS IN COMPOSITION STUDIES AND FURTHER EMPLOYMENT AND DO REGARD SUNY ALBANY (THE UNIVERSITY AT ALBANY) AS RESPONSIBLE FOR MY ECONOMIC AND FINANCIAL STRUGGLES DUE TO NOT BEING ABLE TO COMPLETE THE PHD AND THROWING UP SO MANY INSTITUTIONAL ROADBLOCKS TO ITS COMPLETION.

SO THIS IS WHY I AM ADDRESSING YOU AND THE DEPARTMENT RIGHT NOW, AS I HAVE ALREADY EMAILED DR. STEVE NORTH RECENTLY ABOUT MY STRONG DESIRE TO FINISH THAT DISSERTATION WITH THE PROPER ACADEMIC AND INSTITUTIONAL SUPPORT -- IN FACT, MY NEED TO FINISH THAT DISSERTATION AND RECEIVE MY PHD WHICH I SHOULD HAVE RECEIVED MANY YEARS AGO AND AM MERITED TO RECEIVE BASED UPON ALL OF THE WRITINGS THAT I DID TOWARD THE PHD IN WRITING, TEACHING AND CRITICISM. I HAVE SUFFERED FINANCIALLY WITHOUT IT AND WITHOUT BEING IN AN ACADEMIC ENVIRONMENT AND AGAIN, I FEEL THAT THERE WAS A VERY STRONG GENDER BIAS GOING ON WITH THE BARRIERS THAT I ENCOUNTERED BETWEEN 2003 and 2006.

I CAN BE REACHED AT THE CELLPHONE  and THE EMAIL. . IT IS A NY CELLPHONE NUMBER BUT I HAVE RESIDED IN WEST DES MOINES, IOWA SINCE 2006. MY SITUATION CURRENTLY IS EXTREMELY UNJUST AND UNFAIR AND I DO STILL HOLD THE SUNY ALBANY ENGLISH DEPARTMENT AS ACCOUNTABLE AND RESPONSIBLE FOR HOW THIS HAS TURNED OUT.

SINCERELY,

DIANE K. OLSON

Diane K. <dianekolson@gmail.com>

Oct 17

 

to ggriffith, jlilley

 

Lilley, James Nov 14
Dear Diane Olson, I am in receipt of your emails, and am writing to respond t...

Diane K. <dianekolson@gmail.com>
Nov 14

to James
Dear James Lilley:

Thank you for the information about pursuing readmission into the program at UAlbany, which I will assume will not cancel out the fact that I passed my qualifying exams and was admitted to PHD Candidacy in January of 2003. Also, per your information, I will also be contacting Dr. Chantelle Cleary with all of the details regarding what I went through between 2003 and 2006 -- what I experienced was so unfair and unjust and is the reason I had to leave the program, especially when I was left without any intellectual or moral support. I know many male PhD students who graduated from UAlbany English who were not left stranded in the situation that I was.

SINCERELY,

DIANE K. OLSON

 

Diane K. <dianekolson@gmail.com>
Dec 15 (1 day ago)

to sn282, Shari, James
Dear James Lilley:

I have reconsidered your email and advice to me from this past fall and want to notify you and the department of English that as a PhD Candidate in Writing, Teaching and Criticism who did a a tremendous amount of writing toward my dissertation that I never received credit for and who feels that I was the recipient of severe and abusive gender discrimination and neglect by the department when I was working to complete the dissertation in a remote rural area with no financial support (and my director wrongly refused to help me apply for a dissertation scholarship and struck out at me in an abusive way in response to a dissertation chapter) that I regard the English Department at SUNY Albany as financially and legally liable for your neglect of my support needs and my situation while trying to complete the dissertation without proper moral, intellectual and financial support. I feel that the way that I was treated by your department was blatant sexism and I also feel that you wrongly making me jump through the hoop of reapplying for admission when I was already a PhD Candidate and the only reason I did not finish was because I lacked the moral, intellectual and financial support to finish and being stranded in a rural area without the financial resources to leave -- to ignore my situation when I kept writing letters to the administration and the department about my situation was sexism and abusive to me and now to make me reapply for admission when I already did a tremendous amount of work toward the PhD is also abusive and sexist. And I regard the department and the university as financially liable for the loss in income that I have suffered as a result of not having the PhD in hand that I need in order to get jobs -- again, see my website www.compositionstudies.com which proves that I have remained active in the field and am very gifted at what I do in composition studies. Your advice to me this past fall is totally wrong and also sexist in making me reapply for admission when I was already a PhD candidate in the department and did NOT -- by my own will -- stop working toward the PhD -- what happened with me being stranded in rural Iowa with no way to get out and no financial nor intellectual nor moral support was ABUSIVE and SEXIST and I am taking action now because I have needed that PhD to get jobs. NO MALE PHD STUDENT WOULD HAVE EVER BEEN LEFT IN THAT SITUATION OR MADE TO REAPPLY FOR WHAT THEY HAD ALREADY WORKED VERY HARD FOR!!! I WILL BE SEEKING LEGAL ACTION FOR THE FINANCIAL AND CAREER DAMAGES THAT I HAVE SUFFERED FOR THE DEPARTMENT'S NEGLECT BECAUSE WHAT HAS HAPPENED HAS BEEN VERY, VERY HURTFUL TO ME. MARK MY WORDS.

SINCERELY,

DIANE K. OLSON