September 29th, 2014
Being recruited for a tenured faculty position at a major university
is no small feat, nor should it be; tenure represents the pinnacle of an
academic career. In my case, it involved numerous interviews with
faculty in the American Indian studies program at the University of
Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and an intensive review of my scholarship,
pedagogy and professional service.
I survived this rigorous review
and, having accepted an employment offer from the dean of the College
of Liberal Arts and Sciences, resigned my tenured position at another
university and prepared my family to move. A few weeks before classes
were to start, and without any warning, I received a letter from the
chancellor, Phyllis Wise, informing me of my termination.
How did this happen?