Inside Higher Ed
December 18th, 2014
Marquette University has suspended with pay and barred from campus
the tenured professor who criticized a graduate student instructor in a
personal blog, pending an investigation into his conduct.
John McAdams, an associate professor of political science at Marquette, last month wrote a controversial
blog post accusing a teaching assistant in philosophy of shutting down a
classroom conversation on gay marriage based on her own political
beliefs. He based the post on a recording secretly made by a
disgruntled student who wished that the instructor, Cheryl Abbate, had
spent more time on the topic of gay marriage, which the student opposed.
McAdams said Abbate, in not allowing a prolonged conversation about gay
marriage, was “using a tactic typical among liberals,” in which
opinions they disagree with “are not merely wrong, and are not to be
argued against on their merits, but are deemed ‘offensive’ and need to
be shut up.”