Tuesday Evening E-mail and Letter
Yesterday evening, Dean Adrian Randolph on behalf of NU undertook a
tactical retreat, but they have by no means abandoned their
campaign against me:
just received word about Dr. Dinwiddie’s preliminary findings. As you
know, there are more evaluations scheduled, but given what I have heard
I would prefer that you return
to teaching immediately. Enclosed is a letter with details.
pleased that this could be arranged before the beginning of the fall
term. However, know that I am very concerned about your conduct. The
letter lays out my concerns, which
may lead to disciplinary procedures.
Your Letters, THANK YOU!!!
I have not seen the preliminary report of my own evaluation, but it
appears Dr. Dinwiddie did not write the report the administration hoped
he would write. However, I was not cleared to teach because I
passed a test. In fact, the tests are still ongoing, as NU
planned when it rolled out the ban in late July and then failed to
forward my file to the psychiatrist in a timely fashion. I
received this letter because Adrian Randolph has received lengthy,
thoughtful letters from around the world signed by well over 100
scholars and media professionals (we are behind on counting and
collating), many quite eminent, telling him they are watching what he
Randolph also has been receiving letters from students and
colleagues at Northwestern, including department and program chairs who
provided him with a very different picture than the one in Rinehart's
report and who have pointed out the department factions that shaped the
to folks for sending me the link to an article published
describing how administrators such as Randolph assist academic
The fact that Randolph's most recent letter threatens disciplinary
action and is not a public apology for his central role in
characterizing me as an uncaptured member of the Manson clan shows how
far the Brand NU World has coopted him.
Randolph's accompanying letter imposes several irrational and unfounded
conditions on my employment, and threatens unspecified disciplinary
action through The Graduate School, training in teaching, and mandatory
behavioral modification training (!). Randolph also is
requiring me immediately to move out of my office in the Political
Science Department and into another building. Imagine your
classes starting and you have no access to your books, course
readers, lecture notes and so forth. The office move also
entails burdensome inconveniences imposed by the distance between my
office and administrative support. Now that I have
been cleared of being a threat, the one conceivable purpose served by
the move is to isolate me from the rest of the department.
Randolph still refuses to restore me to the Political Science
Department list-serve (further evidence the administration's goal is
marginalization and not safety) and has not restored my
students' access to $3,000 in Farrell Fellow funds awarded me March 30,
In an Orwellian effort to avoid review by the Faculty Senate Committee
on Cause, Associate Provost Lindsay Chase-Lansdale and Randolph are
claiming that none of the actions taken against me are disciplinary,
even though the Faculty Handbook says otherwise.
Notice that Tillery has no evidence of any sort about conduct by me
that would lead a rational person to fear for his safety, while I
produced a signed statement from a student corroborating my account
that Tillery yelled and me and slammed a door. Yet I am the
one banished away from my colleagues, not the individual who yelled,
slammed the door, and lied about this. What a sad message to
send to our junior faculty, who may have believed tenure gave them
protections from retaliatory, politically motivated disciplinary
The letter also alleges I "bully" people weaker than me.
Would that be Chair Sara Monoson? Dean Adrian
Randolph? NU's Provost Dan Linzer? NU's former President
Henry Bienen? NU's attorneys Philip Harris and Stephanie
Graham? The Crown Family (now the 34th wealthiest family in
the United States)? The CEOs and directors of Abbott
Laboratories, Boeing, Caterpillar, and General Dynamics?
Maybe Randolph has in mind a certain Lieutenant General (retired) and
former Ambassador to Afghanistan?
I engage in critical inquiries and discussion, but it is never
best evidence that I have bullied no one is that after several
months no one has offered a
shred of factual information to the contrary,
including Randolph in his
most recent letter.
Instead of attending to a personnel file now filled with statements
from students I have assisted in everything from ensuring they
can sleep in dorm rooms free of infectious insects to their honors
theses, and statements from junior colleagues across the country
indicating my support of them, Randolph is relying on vague,
It indeed may be the case that some students have complained about a
course, the same quarter I received high marks on evaluations for
another seminar. Should we institute a policy whereby faculty
subject to student complaints be forced to undergo teacher training
without even being informed of the substance of the student complaints,
much less being allowed to defend themselves?
letter of September 19, 2016