Academic Freedom for the Southern Community

By Audrey Williams June

A faculty grievance committee at the University of Southern California has recommended that it reconsider the tenure application of a female professor who had complained that the decision last year to deny her tenure fit a longstanding pattern of discrimination in the university’s humanities and social-sciences departments.

In making its recommendation, though, the three-person committee said it had not found evidence that the university “intentionally or specifically” discriminated against Mai’a K. Davis Cross, an assistant professor of international relations. Instead, the panel said the professor’s application should be revisited because of “procedural defects” in how she was evaluated, according to a copy of the committee’s recommendation obtained by The Chronicleread more

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