Monday, August 18, 2014

East Carolina U. Blocks Hiring of Philosophy Professor Accused of Sexual Harassment

The Chronicle of Higher Education
August 18th, 2014

Administrators at East Carolina University have turned down the philosophy department’s request to award a one-year endowed professorship to Colin McGinn—a prominent philosopher who resigned from the University of Miami in December following allegations of sexual harassment by a female graduate student.
The Whichard distinguished professorship is awarded for up to two years to a faculty member associated with a humanities program at East Carolina. This year was the philosophy department’s turn to choose a scholar, and after months of consideration, it decided on Mr. McGinn.
But in a letter dated August 1, an East Carolina administrator told Mr. McGinn the university wouldn’t approve the philosophy department’s choice.

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