Category Archives: Academic Freedom

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Fresno State Says Lecturer Who Tweeted ‘Trump Must Hang’ Won’t Teach This Fall

Lars Maischak, a lecturer at California State University at Fresno who came under fire this spring for tweeting that “Trump must hang,” will not teach at the university in the fall, the Fresno Bee reported.

Joseph I. Castro, the university’s president, announced the news in a message to the campus.

In line with the university’s “contractual obligation,” Mr. Castro wrote, Mr. Maischak “has been assigned to convert two courses to an online format which meets his unit requirement per the faculty co…

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Instructor Who Said Trump Should Be Shot Loses Job at Montclair State U.

An adjunct instructor at Rutgers University at New Brunswick whose contract was not renewed after he made remarks about the Second Amendment and flag burning said on Tuesday he had lost a job at another university for writing on Twitter that he wished someone would shoot President Trump.

The instructor, Kevin Allred, confirmed that he tweeted on Friday: “This is all a sham. I wish someone would just shoot him outright.” He later deleted the message after his …

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Steven Salaita, Whose Revoked Job Offer Inflamed Higher Ed, Says He’s Leaving Academe

Steven G. Salaita, the long-embattled professor known for a rescinded job offer and an ensuing fracas at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, says he’s leaving the profession.

In a Facebook post dated Saturday, Mr. Salaita announced that despite looking for employment on four continents, he had failed to find an academic job.

“A number of colleagues have attempted to recruit me, but their efforts always get shut down by management,” he wrote in the post, which has been shared by m…

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Adjunct at BYU-Idaho Says She Lost Her Job for Facebook Post Supporting Homosexuality

An adjunct professor at Brigham Young University-Idaho says she lost her job over a Facebook post in which she asserted that “homosexuality and transgenderism are not sins,” The Washington Post reported.

Brett A. Crandall, a spokesman for the private institution affiliated with the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, confirmed that the university had severed its relationship with Ruthie Robertson, the adjunct. He didn’t answer further questions and pointed to the university’s offici…

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Trinity College Scholar Whose Remarks Led to Campus Closure Is Cleared After Review

Updated (7/14/2017, 9:03 p.m.) with comments from Professor Williams’s lawyer and from the editor of Campus Reform.

A Trinity College professor was suspended last month after his Facebook comments on race and law enforcement led to the Connecticut campus to close briefly. But a review has concluded that those remarks are in fact protected by academic freedom, according to a statement issued on Friday by the institution’s president.

Joanne Berger-Sweeney, the president, said in the statement that…

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Trinity Professor Whose Comments Drew Threats Is Put on Leave

The Trinity College professor whose online comments about racial issues and the police drew national attention, including threats that led the Connecticut institution to shut down briefly, has been placed on paid leave, the college announced late Monday.

Trinity’s president, Joanne Berger-Sweeney, wrote that “a leave is in the best interest” of both the college and the faculty member, Johnny Eric Williams, an associate professor of sociology. Ms. Berger-Sweeney added that the dean of the faculty…

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Trinity College of Conn. Closes Over Threats After Conservative Website Targets Professor

Trinity College, a small, private institution in Connecticut, closed on Wednesday following threats to the campus that appear to be tied to a faculty member’s recent online comments about the police, reports the Hartford Courant.

“Given the threats to campus and upon consultation with the President’s Cabinet, the decision has been made to close the college until further notice,” says a statement on the college’s website.

Johnny Eric Williams, an associate professor of sociology, had written mess…

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Adjunct Says She Was Suspended Following Appearance on ‘Tucker Carlson Tonight’

An adjunct professor at Essex County College, in New Jersey, was suspended two days after her appearance as a political commentator on the Fox News program Tucker Carlson Tonight.

Lisa Durden, who is also a talk-show host and pop-culture commentator, appeared on Mr. Carlson’s show this month to discuss a Memorial Day event hosted by Black Lives Matter organizers that was open only to black attendees. Although Ms. Durden did not disclose her affiliation with Essex County College on the show, a co…

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Nashville State Is Accused of Spying on Investigation of Its Oppressive Climate

Nashville State Community College maintains such an oppressive climate for its faculty members that it sought to monitor and interfere with efforts to ask them about it, according to a report commissioned by the Tennessee Board of Regents.

Nashville State’s executives sought to surreptitiously identify which faculty members were being confidentially interviewed by investigators from Middle Tennessee State University. Several administrators, including George H. Van Allen, the college’s presid…

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Texas A&M President Calls Professor’s Remarks ‘Disturbing’

Updated (5/11/2017, 5:10 p.m.) with comment from Professor Curry.

The president of Texas A&M University at College Station has rebuked a professor after a conservative commentator drew attention to four-year-old remarks in which the scholar referred to the killing of white people.

In a column in The American Conservative titled “When Is It OK to Kill Whites?,” Rod Dreher describes comments by Tommy Curry, an associate professor of philosophy at A&M, as “racist bilge.” In a second post Mr. Dreher…