Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Judge Orders Texas Tech to Restore Professor’s Post

The Chronicle of Higher Education
May 23rd, 2015


Texas Tech University must restore the teaching responsibilities of a professor who says his anti-tenure views cost him a deanship and an honorary-professor title, The Lubbock Avalanche-Journal reports. James C. Wetherbe had accused the university’s former provost, Robert Smith, of reducing his teaching load and failing to award him the Paul Whitfield Horn Professorship because of his outspoken views against tenure. Judge Ruben Reyes, of the 72nd District Court, ordered Texas Tech officials to award Mr. Wetherbe the Horn professorship at the Rawls College of Business. The ruling, on Wednesday, was a default judgment after lawyers with the Texas attorney general’s office, who represented Tech in court, failed to meet a deadline. A Texas Tech spokesman said he was confident the default judgment would not stand; lawyers with the attorney general’s office on Friday filed a motion to dismiss it.

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