East Carolina U. Blocks Hiring of Philosophy Professor Accused of Sexual Harassment


Gaston De Cardenas for The Chronicle

The philosophy department had chosen Colin McGinn for a one-year appointment, but administrators declined to accept the department's choice, without saying why. Mr. McGinn resigned in December from the U. of Miami, where he had faced accusations of sexual harassment but was not found responsible for that offense. He believes the allegations in Florida are behind East Carolina's decision.

Administrators at East Carolina University have turned down the philosophy department’s request to award a one-year endowed professorship to Colin McGinn—a prominent philosopher who resigned from the University of Miami in December following allegations of sexual harassment by a female graduate student.

The Whichard distinguished professorship is awarded for up to two years to a faculty member