Unexplained motives remain in the aftermath of the firing of two DePaul Digital Cinema teachers

Just days after making a controversial decision to dismiss two highly praised professors, DePaul announced an imminent and major restructuring of the school that houses the Digital Cinema program.

The close timing of the two events on the eve of Spring Break and the implications of the transition further complicate a situation that has provoked dismay and upset many students.

In an email sent to students on March 19, CTI Dean David Miller stated that as of April 15, “the school of Computer Science and Information Systems (CTI) will become the College of Computing and Digital Media (CDM).

“The college will be organized into two schools: the School of Computing (SoC) and the School of Cinema and Interactive Media (CIM).”

While being housed under the same roof, the two colleges will have completely separate reviews for lines of tenure and separate budgets.

Dean Miller informed the faculty of the impending reorganization just prior to the 2007 Thanksgiving break. Further clarification outlining procedural details was sent to the faculty on March 17.