Friday, September 9, 2016

"According to Stevens the letter charges that other faculty members feel 'unsafe' around her, and orders her to see a psychiatrist of Northwestern's choosing to determine if she's 'fit for duty.'"

The Chicago Reader reports on the case of Northwestern political scientist Jacqueline Stevens:

Northwestern University professor Jacqueline Stevens hasn't been shy about activism that shines a spotlight where the university might not welcome it.

Last year she was at the forefront of a successful campaign to squelch the appointment of retired U.S. Army lieutenant general Karl Eikenberry—a career officer whose military and government connections were stronger than his academic background—as head of Northwestern's newly expanded research center, the Buffett Institute for Global Studies.

Her efforts have not been universally appreciated on the Northwestern campus. And now, Stevens told me by phone this week, in retaliation for her activism and criticism, people in her department and the NU administration are trying to get rid of her. She says her research funds were cut last spring, and in late July she received a letter from dean Adrian Randolph banning her from campus and from any contact with students. According to Stevens the letter charges that other faculty members feel "unsafe" around her, and orders her to see a psychiatrist of Northwestern's choosing to determine if she's "fit for duty."

Inside Higher Ed has a very different take on the matter.

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