The US Faculty Termination for Political Speech Dataset (2000-2020)
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TERMINATION DATE
NAME
INSTITUTION
INSTITUTION TYPE
RANKDESCRIPTION OF SPEECHSPEECH TYPE
SOURCE OF CRITICISM
DESCRIPTION OF TERMINATION
TERMINATION TYPE
SOURCE
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2006Michael Adams
University of North Carolina - Wilmington
00Diverse conservative writings on religion, gender, race, etc.Sexist, racist, anti-atheist1Denied promotion to full professor2
https://caselaw.findlaw.com/us-4th-circuit/1562438.html
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2007Ward Churchill
University of Colorado
00Likened victims of 9/11 to NazisUnpatriotic0Fired0
http://www.nbcnews.com/id/19940243/ns/us_news-education/t/professor-fired-after--nazi-comparison/
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2009Ivor van Heerden
Louisana State University
01
Criticized the federal government's preparation for and response to Hurricaine Katrina
Unpatriotic0Fired0
https://www.aaup.org/report/academic-freedom-and-tenure-louisiana-state-university-baton-rouge
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2010Jodi O'Brien
Marquette University
22Wrote approvingly about gay sex and homosexualityPro-LGBTQ0Fired0
http://abcnews.go.com/US/Media/catholic-marquette-university-hires-lesbian-dean-rescinds-offer/story?id=10742162
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2010Timothy Taylor
University of Florida
00
Told students that Latin American women dress more provocatively than American women
Sexist/Racist1Fired0
https://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/09/22/uf-professor-fired-for-in_n_735645.html
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2010Allen Zaruba
Towson University
01Used the n-word during classRacist1Fired0
http://articles.baltimoresun.com/2010-03-03/news/bal-md.towson03mar03_1_racial-slur-deverick-murray-marina-cooper
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2010Ken Howell
University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
01Described homosexuality as sinfulAnti-LGBTQ1Fired0
http://www.foxnews.com/us/2010/07/09/university-illinois-instructor-fired-catholic-beliefs.html
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2010June Sheldon
San Jose City College
01Made comments in class regarding the origins of homosexualityAnti-LGBTQ1Fired0
https://www.mercurynews.com/2010/07/22/professor-fired-over-offensive-views-of-homosexuality-gets-100000-but-not-her-job-back/
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2011Subramanian Swamay
Harvard University
10
Wrote an editorial for an Indian newspaper that suggested the removal of a mosque as a way of ending Islamic terrorism
Racist1Fired0
http://www.masslive.com/news/index.ssf/2012/01/fired_harvard_professor_lashes.html
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2011Carol Leitner
Westchester Community College
01
Expressed support in class for laws targeting undocumented immigrants
Anti-immigrant1Fired0
https://www.lohud.com/story/news/local/westchester/2018/09/27/westchester-community-college-lawsuit/1423539002/
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2011
Kristofer Petersen-Overton
Brooklyn College
01Stated support for Palestinians and opposition to IsraelAnti-Semitic/Anti-Israel2Revocation of job offer0
https://www.nytimes.com/2011/01/28/nyregion/28prof.html
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2013Deandre Poole
Florida Atlantic University
01
Had students step on a piece paper with the word "Jesus" written on it as part of class exercise
Anti-Christian0Fired0
https://www.insidehighered.com/news/2013/06/24/florida-atlantic-rehires-adjunct-center-controversy-over-class-exercise
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2014Steven Salaita
University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
00Tweets critical of Israel and ZionismAnti-Semitism0Revocation of job offer0
https://www.insidehighered.com/news/2015/11/13/u-illinois-settles-professor-unhired-controversial-comments-twitter
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2014Alfred Duckett
Cameron University
00
Accused a faculty member of racism, argued that his department was hostile to diversity
Pro-diversity0Fired0
https://www.insidehighered.com/news/2014/03/12/cameron-u-professor-sues-first-amendment-violations
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2014J.D. Winteregg
Cedarville University
21
Joked about John Boehner's name (comparing it to "boner") in the context of a primary challenge to Boehner's right
Anti-Christian2Fired0
https://www.insidehighered.com/quicktakes/2014/04/29/cedarville-fires-adjunct-over-anti-boehner-ad
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2015Tom Oord
Northwest Nazarene University
20Expressed differences with university's stance on evolutionAnti-Christian0Fired/Retired0
http://www.kansascity.com/living/religion/article95603322.html
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2015Divya Nair
Community College of Philadelphia
01Attended and spoke at a BLM rallyAnti-white0Suspended/Fired0
https://www.phillymag.com/news/2015/10/14/professor-suspended-black-lives-matter-divya-nair/
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2015Erika Christakis
Yale University
11Criticized the university for endorsing "safe spaces"Racist1Resignation1
https://www.nytimes.com/2015/12/08/us/yale-lecturer-resigns-after-email-on-halloween-costumes.html
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2015Dwight Anderson
Bucks County Community College
01Used the word "God" in a letter to studentsPro-religion1Fired0
https://www.campusreform.org/?ID=6765
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2015Mary Spellman
Claremont McKenna College
12Wrote email about how some students do not fit "the CMC mold"Racist1Demotion2
https://www.buzzfeed.com/nicolasmedinamora/claremont-mckenna-college-dean-resigns-amid-student-protests?utm_term=.iqarAxm7a#.qs7v1O9qx
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2015Teresa Buchanan
Lousiana State University
00Used profanity in the classroomSexually explicit2Fired0
https://www.insidehighered.com/news/2015/09/02/aaup-report-alleges-violations-academic-freedom-due-process-new-report-professors
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2016Larycia Hawkins
Wheaton College
20Stated that Muslims and Christians worship the same godAnti-Christian0Fired/Resigned0
https://www.insidehighered.com/news/2016/02/08/wheaton-illinois-and-professor-it-moved-fire-reach-agreement-her-resign
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2016Melissa Click
Univeristy of Missouri
00
Called for the forced removal of student journalists from campus; yelled at local police
Anti-conservative; anti-law enforcement
0Fired0
https://www.insidehighered.com/news/2016/02/26/u-missouri-board-votes-fire-melissa-click-assistant-professor and https://www.aaup.org/report/academic-freedom-and-tenure-university-missouri-columbia
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2016Aubyn Fulton
Pacific Union College
20
Invited atheist guest lecturer, expressed disagreement with the university's stance on homosexuality
Anti-LGBTQ/Anti-atheist0Fired0
https://spectrummagazine.org/article/2016/05/04/protest-and-consequences-pacific-union-college
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2016Joy Karega
Oberlin College
10Posted Facebook comments critical of Jews and IsraelAnti-Semitism0Fired0
https://www.insidehighered.com/news/2016/11/16/oberlin-fires-joy-karega-following-investigation-her-anti-semitic-statements-social
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2016Erlene Grise-Owens
Spalding University
20
Criticized administration for failing to warn faculty of color about a potentially dangerous student
Accusation of racism0Fired0
https://www.insidehighered.com/news/2017/05/16/aaup-spalding-u-fired-tenured-professor-asking-why-it-hadnt-notified-minority
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2016Lauren Barthold
Gordon College
20
Critized administration for supporting a religious exemption from federal health insurance regulations
Pro-LGBTQ0Resignation1
https://www.insidehighered.com/news/2016/04/29/gordon-professor-says-she-was-punished-criticizing-colleges-request-exemption https://dailynous.com/2016/09/13/barthold-retaliation-case-settled/
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2016Kevin Allred
Rutgers University
01Tweet suggesting intent to shoot white peopleAnti-white0Fired0
https://www.insidehighered.com/news/2016/11/21/rutgers-places-adjunct-leave-tweets-he-says-were-based-rhetoric-president-elect
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2016John McAdams
Marquette University
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Criticized a graduate student on his personal blog and posted her contact information
Anti-LGBTQ1Suspended/Fired0
https://www.insidehighered.com/news/2016/03/25/marquette-suspends-controversial-faculty-blogger-requires-him-apologize
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2016Andrea Quenette
University of Kansas
00Used the n-word to illustrate how little she is exposed to racismRacist1Fired0
https://www.insidehighered.com/news/2016/05/18/professor-says-she-was-fired-over-well-intentioned-ill-received-class-discussion
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2016Ted Pawlicki
University of Rochester
11
Facebook comment informing anti-Trump students that they are anti-American
Pro-Trump1Demotion2
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/grade-point/wp/2016/11/15/professor-offered-to-send-trump-protesters-to-canada-if-they-promise-never-to-come-back/?utm_term=.9be6efc90e41
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2016UNKNOWN
Kean University
01Alleged to have made anti-Mexican/pro-Catholic statementsRacist1Fired0
http://nj1015.com/are-you-offended-fired-professor-attacks-keans-extreme-political-correctness/
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2016Susan Quade
Concordia University
21Told students she would kill Colin KaepernickRacist1Fired0
https://www.insidehighered.com/news/2016/10/10/one-professor-fired-another-criticized-comments-related-race
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2016Nicholas Christakis
Yale University
12Criticized the university for endorsing "safe spaces"Racist1Demotion2
http://www.businessinsider.com/nicholas-christakis-resigned-yale-2016-5
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2016George Crowley
Troy University
00
Positively referenced a colleague intent on "taking down" the state's pension program
Pro-capitalist1Removed as department chair2
https://www.insidehighered.com/news/2016/07/13/professor-loses-chairmanship-over-recorded-comments-free-enterprise-convention
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2017Janay Garrick
Moody Bible Institute
20Expressed support for gender equalityAnti-Christian0Fired0
https://cookcountyrecord.com/stories/511322578-female-ex-instructor-sues-moody-bible-institute-says-wrongly-fired-for-advocating-gender-equality
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2017Phillip Lestman
Bryan College
20
Expressed opposition to the university's stance on the Bible's inerrancy
Anti-Christian0Fired0
https://www.insidehighered.com/news/2017/07/24/bryan-college-faces-more-turmoil-response-firing-much-loved-longtime-professor
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2017Kenneth Storey
University of Tampa
00
Tweet calling Hurricane Harvey "karma" for Texas voters who supported GOP
Anti-GOP0Fired0
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/grade-point/wp/2017/08/29/university-fires-professor-who-suggested-harvey-was-karma-for-texas-republicans/?utm_term=.4d439ec7e839
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2017Raynor Mullins
University of Kentucky
00Criticized Governor Matt Bevin's Medicare reformsCritical of Governor Matt Bevin0Fired0
https://wfpl.org/uk-professor-says-fired-criticizing-bevins-medicaid-changes/
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2017Naima Lowe
Evergreen State College
00Criticized Professor Brett WeinsteinAnti-white0Resignation1
https://www.campusreform.org/?ID=10265
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2017
George Ciccariello-Maher
Drexel University
10Tweeted wish for "white genocide"Anti-white0Resignation1
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/grade-point/wp/2017/12/29/professor-who-tweeted-all-i-want-for-christmas-is-white-genocide-resigns-after-year-of-threats/
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2017June Chu
Yale University
12Criticized white-owned restaurants on YelpAnti-white0Resignation1
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/06/21/us/yale-dean-yelp-white-trash.html
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2017
Margaret DeWeese-Boyd
Gordon College
20Expressed support for LGBT marriage rightsAnti-Christian0Denied promotion to full professor2
https://www.bostonglobe.com/metro/2017/04/09/professor-complaint-over-gay-rights-roils-gordon-college/rQg4kYuTxxEW54Lo6PHALI/story.html
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2017Michael Chikindas
Rutgers University
00Criticized Jews on FacebookAnti-Semitism0Removed as head of institute2
http://www.nj.com/education/2017/12/rutgers_professor_accused_of_anti-semitic_rants_st.html
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2017Robert Ranco
Austin Community College
01
Tweeted that he would be "ok" if Secretary Betsy Devos was sexually assaulted
Sexist0Fired0
https://www.campusreform.org/?ID=9742
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2017
Rebecca Bratten Weiss
Franciscan University of Steubenville
21Expressed skepticism of Christian support for TrumpAnti-Christian0Fired0
https://www.ncronline.org/news/people/new-pro-life-movement-co-founder-loses-job-attacked-online
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2017Ruthie Robertson
Brigham Young University, Idaho
21Facebook post supporting LGBT rightsAnti-Christian/Pro-LGBTQ0Termination of contract0
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/morning-mix/wp/2017/07/19/mormon-university-instructor-fired-after-facebook-post-supporting-lgbt-rights-she-says/?utm_term=.540fa46036c5
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2017Courtney Lawton
University of Nebraska, Lincoln
01Criticized campus conservativesAnti-conservative0Reassigned from teaching duties0
http://www.omaha.com/news/education/lecturer-accused-of-harassing-conservative-student-will-no-longer-work/article_0a127208-cbfa-11e7-89dd-2b859c3ef2bd.html
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2017Kathy Dettwyler
University of Delaware
01Posted on Facebook a comment critical of Otto WarmbierAnti-male/anti-white0Non-renewal of contract0
https://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2017/jun/26/katherine-dettwyler-university-prof-fired-said-ott/
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2017Michael Isaacson
John Jay College
01Tweeted about "future dead cops"Anti-police0
Cancellation of course, suspended, non-renewal
0
https://www.insidehighered.com/news/2017/09/18/john-jay-college-puts-adjunct-leave-over-tweet-about-teaching-future-dead-cops
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2017Kevin Allred
Montclair University
01
Tweets criticizing Trump and expressing wish that someone would shoot him
Anti-Trump0
Removal of courses and cancelling of contract
0
https://www.insidehighered.com/news/2017/08/02/montclair-state-removes-courses-adjunct-whose-tweet-became-controversial
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2017Lars Maischak
California State University, Fresno
01Tweeted that "Trump must hang"Anti-Trump0Removal of courses0
https://www.insidehighered.com/news/2017/04/13/fresno-state-and-secret-service-are-investigating-untenured-lecturer-who-said
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2017Lisa Durden
Essex Community College
01Criticized "white people" during Fox News appearance about BLMPro-BLM/anti-white0Fired0
http://www.nj.com/essex/index.ssf/2017/06/college_defends_firing_professor_after_fox_news_ap.html
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2017N. Bruce Duthu
Dartmouth College
12Expressed support for BDSAnti-Semitism0Stepped down as dean2
https://www.insidehighered.com/news/2017/05/23/popular-native-american-studies-scholar-declines-deanship-dartmouth-amid-concerns
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2017Melissa Landa
University of Maryland
00Expressed support for Israel and opposition to BDSPro-Israel1Fired0
https://www.algemeiner.com/2017/09/25/pro-israel-university-of-maryland-professor-dismissed-after-complaining-of-religious-discrimination-plans-legal-action/
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2017Paul Griffiths
Duke University
10Criticized faculty diversity trainingAnti-diversity1Resignation1
http://www.dukechronicle.com/article/2017/05/divinity-school-professor-resigns-after-dispute-with-colleagues-about-diversity-training-calling-it-a-waste
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2017Bret Weinstein
Evergreen State College
00Criticized student protestAnti-minority1Resignation1
https://www.insidehighered.com/quicktakes/2017/09/18/evergreen-professor-receives-500000-settlement
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2017Michael Bonesteel
School of the Art Institute of Chicago
10Proposed theory linking an artist's art to sexual abuse
Racist/Sexist/Homophobic/Transphobic
1Cancellation of courses, resignation1
https://www.insidehighered.com/news/2017/07/24/debate-over-art-teaching-and-prejudice-school-art-institute-chicago
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2017Keith Fink
University of California, Los Angeles
01
Made critical comments in class about UCLA administration and its support for Title IX
Anti-diversity1Fired0
https://www.chronicle.com/article/Why-Did-a-UCLA-Instructor-With/240521
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2017Trent Bertrand
Johns Hopkins University
11Told a joke in class about a Pakistani call centerRacist1
Cancellation of course, barred from entering campus, non-renewal of contract
0
http://www.jhunewsletter.com/article/2016/12/university-suspends-professor-for-hostile-classroom-environment/
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2017Eric Thompson
Moreno Valley College
00
Discussed and presented students with material about homosexuality and same-sex marriage
Anti-LGBTQ1Fired0
https://www1.cbn.com/cbnnews/us/2018/november/california-professor-fired-for-challenging-students-beliefs-about-sexuality-is-reinstated
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2017James Tracy
Florida Atlantic University
00Proposed conspiracy theory regarding the Sandy Hook shootingConspiratorial2Fired0
https://www.insidehighered.com/news/2017/12/12/jury-rejects-lawsuit-sandy-hook-denier-who-was-fired-university
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2017Jason Jorjani
New Jersey Institute of Technology
01Celebrated Hitler and advocated for white supremacyAnti-Semitism and racism2
Suspended and cancellation of contract
0
https://www.nj.com/essex/index.ssf/2017/09/who_is_new_jerseys_alt-right_professor.html
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2018Bruce Fleming
US Naval Academy
00Referred to students as "right-wing extremists"Anti-conservative0Fired0
https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/education/naval-academy-fires-tenured-professor-citing-shirtless-photos-shared-with-students/2018/08/24/e57a52f0-a7a7-11e8-8fac-12e98c13528d_story.html?utm_term=.19f456dd3e82
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2018John Cheney-Lippold
University of Michigan
00
Declined to write a letter of recommendation due to support for BDS of Israel
Anti-Semitic/Anti-Israeli0
Stripped of scheduled raise and sabbatical
2
https://www.mlive.com/news/ann-arbor/index.ssf/2018/10/university_of_michigan_punishe.html
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2018Mazen Adi
Rutgers University
01
Was employed by and expressed support for the Syrian government; criticized Israel
Anti-Semitic/Anti-Israeli; pro-Assad0Fired0
https://freebeacon.com/culture/rutgers-finally-removed-lecturer-represented-assads-regime-un/
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2018Clifford Adams
University of Cincinnati
00Mocked and criticized a Muslim studentRacist1Fired0
https://www.cincinnati.com/story/news/2018/03/08/university-cincinnati-cuts-ties-professor-accused-discriminatory-comments-against-muslim-student/408416002/
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2018James Green
Utah Valley University
01Posted an anti-Muslim comment on FacebookAnti-Muslim1Resignation1
https://www.sltrib.com/news/education/2018/09/13/utah-valley-university/
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2018Allan Josephson
University of Louisville
00
Argued that "transgender ideology" damages children and that gender is biologically determined.
Anti-trans1Demoted, non-contract renewal0
https://www.courier-journal.com/story/news/2019/03/29/anti-lgbt-comments-university-of-louisville-professor-sues-over-demotion/3300002002/
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2018Bruce McCall
Oklahoma University
02
Expressed in a book his belief that women should be submissive to men and that same-sex marriage is "insanity"
Sexist; Anti-LGBTQ1Resigned1
https://www.normantranscript.com/news/mccall-resigns-as-ou-law-associate-dean-over-backlash-from/article_3c8b364a-c733-11e8-9ae5-57511c87b879.html
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2018Will Rainford
Catholic University
22
Expressed skepticism of whether Brett Kavanaugh had committed sexual assault
Sexist1
Resigned as dean, remained a professor
1
https://www.foxnews.com/politics/catholic-university-dean-resigns-after-questioning-kavanaugh-accusers-allegations-that-led-to-his-suspension
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2018Nancy Strapko
Plymouth State University
01
Expressed support for a guidance counselor who had admitted to sexual misconduct with a minor
Uncategorized2Fired0
http://www.unionleader.com/education/plymouth-state-univ-takes-action-against-faculty-who-supported-guidance-counselor-who-molested-student-20180802
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2019Mike Mullen
North Carolina State University
02Mocked Republicans and the GOPAnti-GOP0
Resigned as dean, remained a professor
1
https://www.newsobserver.com/news/politics-government/article234053457.html
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2019Jeffrey Klinzman
Kirkwood Community College
01
Declared membership in Antifa; expressed anger at Trump and Evangelical Christians
Anti-GOP; Anti-Christian; anti-law enforcement
0Stripped of contract, resigned0
https://m.facebook.com/kirkwoodcommunitycollege/posts/10155629916524159?__tn__=K-R
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2019Jamie R. Riley
University of Alabama
02Described the police and white people as racistAnti-White; anti-law enforcement0Resigned as dean1
https://cw.ua.edu/54140/top-stories/breaking-dean-of-students-allegedly-resigns-after-pictures-of-past-tweets-surface/
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2019Laura Corvino
Emory University
11Expresses anti-Islam and anti-black sentiment in her personal blogRacist/anti-Islam1Fired0
https://www.thecollegefix.com/emory-university-instructor-canned-after-her-extremist-blog-is-revealed/
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2019Michael Savage
Louisiana Tech University
01
Discussed race, colonialism, and President Trump's impeachment in class
Anti-conservative0Fired0
https://www.insidehighered.com/quicktakes/2019/12/17/professor-removed-then-reinstated-over-discussion-race?utm_source=Inside+Higher+Ed&utm_campaign=7a6385859f-DNU_2019_COPY_01&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_1fcbc04421-7a6385859f-236217437&mc_cid=7a6385859f&mc_eid=b1f45a27b7
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2020Asheen Phansey
Babson College
11
Made a joke on Facebook about the American cultural sites that Iran might threaten to bomb
Anti-America0Fired0
https://www.thedailybeast.com/babson-adjunct-prof-sorry-for-sloppy-joke-suggesting-iran-list-us-cultural-sites-to-bomb
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2020Nathaniel Hiers
University of North Texas
01
Labelled as "garbage" a stack of fliers about microagressions in the faculty lounge
Anti-diversity1Non-renewal of contract0
https://www.thecollegefix.com/public-university-fired-professor-for-calling-microaggressions-handout-garbage-lawsuit/
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2020Joseph Mead
Cleveland State University
00
Criticized on Twitter his university's organization of a panel on free speech and the absence of women on promotional materials; criticized behavior of local police
Accusation of sexism; anti-law enforcement
2Delay of tenure application2
Documents on file with author
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2020
Mohamed Aboul-Seoud
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
10
Critized the Black Lives Matter movement, speculated that Michelle Obama is a trans woman, and much more besides
Anti-Left; racist, sexist, Islamophobic
1Fired0
https://www.timesunion.com/news/article/RPI-professor-ousted-after-students-expose-15330931.php
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2020Dennis Bell
University of Louisianna at Monroe
01
Referred to the arguments about police brutality against Black Americans as a way to "keep blacks on the democratic plantation"; and defended his right to use the n-word in certain contexts.
Racist1Fired0
https://www.usnews.com/news/best-states/louisiana/articles/2020-06-09/louisiana-university-acts-against-racist-posts-by-faculty
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2020Mary Holmes
University of Louisiana at Monroe
00Referred to Barack Obama as a "monkey".Racist1Resigned1
https://www.thenewsstar.com/story/news/education/2020/07/11/nursing-professor-who-used-racial-slur-no-longer-at-ulm/3193863001/
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2020John Tieso
Catholic University of America
11
Referred to Kamala Harris as a "former escort" on social media and implied that Barack Obama was from Africa.
Racist; sexist1Fired0
https://www.thecollegefix.com/professor-plans-to-sue-catholic-university-for-firing-him-over-tweets-criticizing-powerful-democrats/
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