This is a link to The Chronicle item on the Illinois Conference of the American Association of University Professors letter to DePaul President Fr. Dennis Holtschneider. InsiderHigherEd, as usual, was the first academic press to report this story.
“Students Will Begin Hunger Strike in Support of DePaul Professors Denied Tenure.”
Students who staged a sit-in this month at DePaul University on behalf of two professors denied tenure said today they would begin a fast this afternoon to bring renewed attention to their cause. During two weeks of protest, the students have demanded that the university grant tenure to Norman G. Finkelstein, an assistant professor of political science, and Mehrene A. Larudee, an assistant professor of international studies.
On Friday the Illinois Conference of the American Association of University Professors sent a letter to the universityâ€™s president, the Rev. Dennis H. Holtschneider, echoing the studentsâ€™ demands. In the two-page letter, Leo Welch, the chapterâ€™s president, says the decision to deny tenure to the two assistant professors violated both the associationâ€™s standards and those of DePaulâ€™s own Faculty Handbook.
Mr. Finkelsteinâ€™s alleged lack of â€œcollegialityâ€ appears to have been the â€œsole basisâ€ for denying him tenure, Mr. Welch writes. â€œIt is entirely illegitimate for a university to deny tenure to a professor out of fear that his published research â€¦ might hurt a collegeâ€™s reputation,â€ he says. The association has explicitly rejected collegiality as an appropriate criterion for evaluating faculty members, and has criticized it as â€œensuring homogeneityâ€ and undermining the leadership role of colleges and universities, according to the letter. â€”Sierra Millman