Hossain’s lawsuit states that the termination letter came two months after he was nominated as a candidate for the College Of Engineering’s Excellence in Teaching Award.
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The professor, Stephanie Dellande, was passed over even as less-qualified non-black employees were promoted in the same department, the complaint in the federal lawsuit alleges. At the time Ms. Dellande applied for tenure in 2006, she was the only black faculty member in a department of about 30 people, the complaint says.
On November 15, 2005, the faculty committee of the Department of History voted 11–3 in favor of granting White his tenure and promotion.
In February, 2006, White’s application was reviewed by the College of Arts and Sciences’ Promotion and Tenure Committee. In an unusual move, Jeff Norrell, a history professor holding the Bernadotte Schmitt Chair of Excellence, wrote a letter to the committee members explaining why he, as a member of the faculty committee, voted against granting White tenure and promotion.
Norrell appeared to question the quality of White’s publisher and even went as far to claim that White’s teaching ability was not as strong as indicated by peer reviews and student evaluations.
Ms. Smith is an assistant professor with a joint appointment in Michigan’s American-culture program and women’s-studies department. The two programs split on her tenure bid, with American culture voting yes and women’s studies voting no. Then, last week, a panel in the College of Literature, Science, and the Arts sided with women’s studies and voted to reject Ms. Smith’s bid.
Namita Goswami, a philosophy professor, and Quinetta Shelby, a chemistry professor, were two minority candidates denied tenure this year. Four other minority professors were also denied, although one’s denial was reversed.
Every white professor up for tenure at the same time received the lifetime job guarantee, said Matthew Abraham, a professor in the Writing, Rhetoric and Discourse Department.