University of Virginia President Teresa Sullivan's resignation and subsequent reinstatement are being used as material for a UVA course this fall that will tackle the brief but turbulent period in the school's history.
Dubbed "Documenting U.Va.'s Future," the oral history course will involve students interviewing UVA administrators and current and former members of the Virginia school's board of visitors, according to the Associated Press.
In early June, Sullivan announced her resignation from UVA, citing differences with the board of visitors. Her decision shocked Virginia, sparking protests on campus that eventually led to Sullivan's reinstatement less than three weeks later. The Charlottesville, Va., school has an interactive timeline highlighting the events leading up to the president's reinstatement.
The new UVA course will be taught by professors John Alexander and Walter Heinecke.
"It's a teachable moment, as people keep saying, and I think it's a teachable moment about higher education policy issues, about the relationship between democracy and education, and about students' roles in their own civic life," Heinecke, an associate professor in U.Va's Curry School of Education, said in a statement.
Students who enroll in "Documenting U.Va's Future" will use Sullivan's resignation and reinstatement to explore issues in higher education.
Gretchen Gueguen, the school's digital archivist, amassed 80,000 tweets and collected more than 260 online articles, 120 blog posts and 50 videos to be used for an exhibit on the Sullivan situation at the university's library.