On the Firing of a Tenured Professor


On January 20, the University of California Board of Regents took the incredibly rare step of dismissing a tenured professor for cause, a sanction that has occurred only a handful of times in the University’s history. Rob Latham, Professor of English at UC Riverside, was dismissed, over the recommendation of the UCR Faculty Senate, after a disciplinary process that appears to have been significantly flawed. I will be following this case more closely in future, especially considering the issues it raises of disrespect for the institution of tenure and the principle of shared governance, but for the present Dr. Latham has permitted me to publish his statement delivered to the UC Regents at their recent meeting in San Francisco.

Address to UC Regents by Professor Rob Latham

I want to thank the Regents for permitting me to address you today, although obviously I wish the circumstances were different than they…

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