As tensions continue at the University of Missouri at Columbia, a popular professor resigned Wednesday, but the university says it has not accepted his resignation. Dale Brigham, a professor of nutrition and exercise physiology, resigned after he was widely criticized on social media for sending his students email messages saying that he would give an exam as scheduled, even as many students were worried for their safety amid reports of threats to the campus. “If you give in to bullies, they win. The only way bullies are defeated is by standing up to them. If we cancel the exam, they win; if we go through with it, they lose,” he said in his emails, according to press accounts.
Amid the criticism, Brigham turned in his resignation, which he confirmed in an email message to Inside Higher Ed. But he also indicated that the university had not responded to his resignation yet. Brigham told KOMU News, “I am just trying to do what I think is best for our students and the university as an institution. If my leaders think that my leaving would help, I am all for it. I made a mistake, and I do not want to cause further harm.” A spokesperson for the university said Wednesday evening that the resignation has not been accepted.
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The University of Illinois has reached a tentative settlement with Steven Salaita, whose job offer to the Urbana-Champaign campus was revoked last year before the board could approve it, The News-Gazette reported. Salaita, whose controversial remarks criticizing Israel on social media concerned university leaders, sued the university, demanding not only compensation but the tenured faculty job he thought was to be his. Details of the proposed settlement are not available, and may not be until the board considers the deal Thursday. In the past, university leaders have indicated willingness to make a financial settlement with Salaita.
The former Rutgers University professor of philosophy found guilty last month of sexually assaulting a disabled man is seeking to throw out her conviction, the Associated Press reported. Anna Stubblefield filed a motion seeking either an acquittal or a new trial based the notion that there was insufficient evidence to prove she knew that her victim could not offer consent. The victim, known as DJ, is a 34-year-old man with cerebral palsy. His family and state evaluators say he has the intellectual capacity of a young child, but Stubblefield said the two fell in love as they worked together using a controversial method called facilitated communication. That collaboration resulted in the 2011 publication of a peer-reviewed article in Disability Studies Quarterly,with DJ listed as the primary author. The issue also features a pro-facilitated communication paper by Stubblefield. The journal recently announced that it’s paying “significant attention” to concerns raised by recent debate over the issue, but did not specify which articles are under review.
Many faculty members questioned the decision of the board of the College of Charleston last year to appoint Glenn McConnell as president. Now faculty leaders are questioning McConnell's selection as provost, Brian McGee, The Post and Courier reported. Faculty leaders said they repeatedly asked for a chance for input into the provost choice, and were delayed and largely ignored. McGee has been serving as provost and was previously chair of communications. Professors question his role in two controversial tenure cases -- a subject he declined to discuss. McConnell defended the selection, praising McGee for his performance while serving as interim provost.
Students and others are protesting the ouster of Dena Seidel as director of the Rutgers Center for Digital Filmmaking, New Brunswick Today reported. Seidel is credited with building up the program but then being told to take a demotion or leave. She received a negative review, but her supporters said the wrong faculty group was selected to review her. A petition is circulating calling for a new review of why Seidel was forced out.