Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Fired Faculty Activist Settles Lawsuit Against Community College in Texas

The Chronicle of Higher Education
December 16th, 2014

A tenured professor who was fired from his job at the College of the Mainland after years of clashing with the administration has settled a lawsuit against the Texas institution, the Houston Chronicle reported. Neither side disclosed the terms of the settlement.
The professor, David Michael Smith, had accused the college of retaliating against him for filing two previous free-speech lawsuits and helping colleagues challenge the administration’s actions. The college said he had been dismissed for insubordination and for harassing his peers.
Mr. Smith told the newspaper he was “certain” there would be additional lawsuits unless the administration was more willing to work with employees and students. Beth Lewis, the college’s president, said there was “no merit” to Mr. Smith’s assertion that the administration did not tolerate dissent.

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