Inside Higher Ed
March 9th, 2015
Is the University of North Georgia moving to terminate a tenured
professor of Spanish at its Dahlonega campus for being rude? Some North
Georgia faculty members say that’s what’s happening to their colleague,
Victoria McCard, and that her case demonstrates the university’s
disregard for the tenets of tenure.
Various faculty accounts of exactly what transpired between McCard
and a guest lecturer on campus in mid-October differ slightly, but
they’re essentially the same on key issues. McCard, whom colleagues
described as outspoken, asked the guest lecturer to speak up during a
public presentation in the library -- either because he was too quiet or
because McCard thought he wasn’t being direct enough in his remarks
about the political climate in his home country of El Salvador, or both.
Either way, McCard offended the lecturer, who later met with her to
discuss what had happened. He and McCard did not see eye to eye, and the
lecturer lodged a complaint against her with the department chair. The
chair reported it to the administration, which investigated the claim
through a series of interviews with Spanish department faculty members.