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McAdams still waiting for Faculty Hearing Committee’s decision on whether to dismiss him from Marquette

John McAdams. Wire stock photo.
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It’s been almost two months after Faculty Hearing Committee meetings were held to recommend whether tenured political science professor John McAdams should be fired after his role in a widely-publicized controversy, and McAdams is still awaiting the decision.

The committee has 90 days, post-meetings, to make its decision, according to McAdams was suspended with pay last December and ordered to stay off campus.

McAdams wrote a blog post last November that criticized the way a former teaching assistant handled a student disagreeing with her on gay marriage. The post provoked the Westboro Baptist Church to picket campus last December.

“If the committee comes down against me, Marquette will surely fire me and then, of course, a lawsuit will follow,” McAdams told Wisconsin Watchdog on the Jay Weber Show, on News/Talk 1130 WISN in September.

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The committee’s decision isn’t binding but it will influence the final decision on McAdams’ future at the university.

“If they say Marquette shouldn’t fire me it will be hard for Marquette to fire me although they may try to anyway,” McAdams told last week on the Vicki McKenna Show on Newstalk 1310 WIBA. “If they say Marquette can fire me, it will be easier for Marquette, although not terribly easy because, No. 1, that would create a huge amount of bad publicity for Marquette and, No. 2, they have essentially been promised a lawsuit from my lawyers.”

View our interactive timeline to see the whole story of the months-long controversy.

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    Paul QuirkNov 17, 2015 at 10:55 pm

    The delay is not surprising. The University undoubtedly knows–as anyone who looks at the legal issues knows–that if it fires McAdams, he will sue, and that he will easily and certainly win the lawsuit. It is not a close call. You can’t fire a professor for criticizing the teaching practices of another instructor in a blog post.

    It is a disgraceful episode, and students and faculty who care about academic freedom or the reputation of the University should demand that the administration drop the effort.