Category Archives: The Profession

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Professor Who Expressed Solidarity With Muslims Will Leave Wheaton of Illinois

Wheaton College of Illinois and Larycia A. Hawkins, an associate professor of political science whom the evangelical Christian institution was seeking to fire, “have reached a confidential agreement under which they will part ways,” the college and Ms. Hawkins announced on Saturday in a joint statement.

The statement describes the agreement as “a mutual place of resolution and reconciliation” and says that neither Wheaton nor Ms. Hawkins will discuss it before Wednesday, when they plan to ho…


Suffolk U. Faculty Calls on Board Chair to Resign Amid Reports of a Push to Oust the President

Suffolk University’s Faculty Senate on Wednesday issued a statement of support for the Massachusetts university’s embattled president, Margaret A. McKenna, and called for the resignation of chairman of its Board of Trustees, Andrew Meyer Jr., the Boston Business Journal reports.

The statement came in response to widespread reports that the board may be planning to fire Ms. McKenna just eight months into her tenure. On Sunday, The Boston Globe reported, Ms. McKenna sent the trustees a letter alle…


Professor Who Was Promoted While in Prison Resigns

Ravi Shankar, an English professor at Central Connecticut State University who in 2014 was promoted from associate professor while in prison for a probation violation, has resigned, the Hartford Courant reports. The university placed Mr. Shankar on leave in July after he was arrested and charged with shoplifting.

As part of an agreement with the university, the Courant reports, Mr. Shankar will receive a payment of an undisclosed amount, and will drop claims against the Connecticut State College…


AAUP Asks Mizzou to Lift Suspension of Melissa Click

The American Association of University Professors has called on the University of Missouri to lift its suspension of Melissa A. Click, the assistant professor who drew scorn for her videotaped attempt to remove a student journalist from the site of a campus protest.

Ms. Click, who was charged last week with assault but reached a deal to avoid prosecution, is serving a suspension while the system’s Board of Curators investigates.

In a letter to the Columbia campus’s interim chancellor, Henry C. (…


U. of Chicago Scientist Resigns Amid Sexual-Misconduct Investigation

A prominent molecular biologist at the University of Chicago has resigned after an investigation there concluded with a recommendation that he be fired for violating the university’s sexual-misconduct policy, The New York Times reports.

The professor, Jason Lieb, made unwelcome sexual advances to several female graduate students at an off-campus retreat and engaged in sexual activity with a student who was “incapacitated due to alcohol and therefore could not consent,” states a letter descri…


Adjuncts Vote to Unionize in 2 of 3 Schools at U. of Southern California

[Updated (2/3/2016, 1:31 p.m.) with response from the university's provost.]

A campaign to unionize non-tenure-track faculty members at the University of Southern California succeeded in two out of three divisions of the private institution, the Los Angeles Times reported Tuesday.

The campaign, led by the Service Employees International Union Local 721, drew overwhelming support from adjunct faculty members at two small units of the university, the Roski School of Art and Design and the Internat…


Missouri Professor Who Accosted Journalist Reaches Deal to Avoid Prosecution

Melissa A. Click, the University of Missouri assistant professor who was charged with misdemeanor assault this week for her role in an altercation with a student journalist in November, must complete 20 hours of community service and not break the law for a year to avoid prosecution, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.

The Missouri system’s Board of Curators suspended Ms. Click on Wednesday, saying it would launch an investigation, and acknowledged the possibility of “additional discipline.” Fa…


Faculty Leaders Urge Mizzou Board to Use ‘Existing Procedures’ if Investigating Professor

A day after the Board of Curators of the University of Missouri suspended a professor who has been under fire for trying to block student journalists from covering a protest on the Columbia campus last fall, a panel of faculty leaders at the flagship called on the board to use “existing procedures” if it believed a formal investigation was warranted.

The board’s chair announced the suspension of the professor, Melissa A. Click, in a brief statement issued on Wednesday night at the conclusion of …


Mizzou Professor Who Blocked Journalists From Protest Is Suspended

Melissa A. Click, the University of Missouri communications professor who tried to block student journalists from covering a campus protest in November, has been suspended by the university system’s Board of Curators. In a statement posted after a special meeting of the board on Wednesday night, the board said Ms. Click had been suspended “pending further investigation,” with the possibility of “additional discipline.”

Since she was caught on camera last fall calling for “some muscle” to remove …


Contingent Faculty Members at Loyola U. Chicago Vote to Unionize

Non-tenure-track faculty members at Loyola University Chicago’s College of Arts and Sciences have voted to form a collective-bargaining unit affiliated with the Service Employees International Union.

The Loyola election results came on the heels of two successful SEIU union drives last month at the University of Chicago, where adjunct faculty members and postdoctoral fellows voted to form separate unions affiliated with the SEIU.

Chicago is one of several cities that are the targets of an SEIU c…