Below is a
list of posts focused on the ban and its wake, in reverse
chronological order, with links to
original documents.Bleak Scott Hall
-- NOTE: All litigation is here.
August update notes absence of disciplinary charges, new interruption
of Clinic work, and links to court filings and orders in three cases.
(The title alludes to the Dickens novel
about ceaseless litigation.)
(First posted August 10, 2017, most recent update: Septembeer 15, 2017.)
Provost and Chair Trump NU Faculty Senate Committee on Cause, Order Short-Notice Office Move on Thursday, January 19
(January 23, 2017).
Details behind the new Political Science Department Speaking Truth to Power Annex in Locy Hall.Brand
NU Merges with Brand Trump, Illegal Office Move Scheduled for Winter
(December 7, 2016).
AAUP condemns the move.
Committee without Cause,
Political Science without Politics
(October 7, 2016)
Release and analysis of September 26,
by NU Faculty Senate Committee on Cause, which Associate Provost
Lindsay Chase-Lansdale failed to convene in a timely fashion..
The Ivory Clubhouse:
The First Week Back
(September 27, 2016)
Examples of NU conflicts of
interest and report on poor behavior by Department Chair and others.
Ban Lifted! Harassment
(September 20, 2016)
Letter from Dean Adrian Randolph
removing the ban and indicating I should immediately resume my teaching
Brand NU D-L-R-O-W
(September 19, 2016)
Five official documents pertaining to
including the Dean's letter of July 28, 2016.
Update on fitness
for duty interview and return to pick up items from office; colleague
discusses with janitor the undercover officer keeping me under
"A colleague was meeting me
and as I waited outside a student,
beaming, approached to say hello. I didn't want to alarm him,
but under the terms of the banishment, I was prohibited from any
conversation. "I'm so sorry, but I can't talk to you," I
I'm standing there.
standing there. It's a lovely late
afternoon in Evanston as students are reorienting themselves and the
enthusiasm over a fresh start among old friends is in the air.
We both really wanted to talk and catch up. But the people he
paying for my salary were telling us we couldn't. I was
for my colleague so we could go inside. The student said, "I just
wanted to see how things were going. Good luck, I hope it all works
out," as though he needed to apologize for violating Randolph's ban.
I felt awful."
Nothing but the Truth
Part II (September 11, 2016)
The cover-up. Hired gun and attorney
Kathleen Rinehart's bogus report
introducing claims that people
"feel unsafe" in my presence.
Excerpt - (From statement by
colleague in letter to the Dean
urging he end the ban.)
"The overt charges
mentioned in Professor Stevens's account appear to consist of the
shocking behavior of acting like a tenured professor while
Nothing but the Truth
Part I (September 8, 2016)
Initial complaint about Associate Chair Tillery yelling at me and lying
about. Includes Tillery demand letter and August 2016 sworn
statement by student affirming that he heard Tillery yelling and
slamming the door and that he told this to hired gun attorney Kathleen
Rinehart in May, 2016.
"NU's non-independent consultant, Kathleen Rinehart,
claims in her Executive Summary that the student did not hear anything
and also that I coached him on what to tell her.
Which is it?"
Response to Tillery and
(September 7, 2016)
Response to Tillery and Monoson
statements on Facebook and to the press, continued.
Tillery apparently told the Daily Northwestern that that
my complaint about him yelling and slamming the door is complicit in
the "angry Black man" narrative. Could be, though Tillery's
self-presentation as a dutiful political scientist who goes out of his
way to assist Northwestern execute its neoliberal priorities doesn't
quite fit the bill. Regardless, I don't make up
these narratives. The fact that Tillery's behavior could be
narrated as that of the angry Black man is beyond his control, and mine
as well. If the accurate, unblemished account of him yelling
and slamming a door
further propogates that image, this is unfortunate and of course not my
5. Not beyond Tillery's control: 1) exploding and
persisting in yelling at me after I asked that he lower his voice; 2)
slamming the door; 3) lying about it."
Tillery and Monoson
(September 4, 2016)
Response to Tillery and Monoson public statements.
quotes Tillery stating he finds my behavior "creepy," and
that this is why he feels unsafe around me, actually, why he
might shoot him! (I know the article also includes his
that I hysterically fantasized he was yelling at me when he was not,
but since I know this didn't happen, the only possible basis I see for
his claims about fearing I will shoot him is that he finds me
find colleagues who gossip publicly and
scheme to drive out those whom they dislike instead of doing research
and working constructively to resolve petty interpersonal antipathies
are the real creeps. Were it not for the fact I have embarassed NU for
its creepy behavior, NU's lawyers would have told Monoson and
Tillery to focus on their own work and leave me alone."
Response to Slammer
(September 2, 2016)
Al Tillery outs himself as "Slammer" on
Facebook after colleagues
contact him to ask him who I'm describing.
"My report to the Chair and the Dean of
Faculty pointed out a
witnessed Slammer yelling at me. Why not investigate threats to my
safety, then and now, psychological and otherwise? The
manner in which the administration acted on reports of this altercation
shows NU is not motivated by safety. Here was a
specific violations of NU policies, but no one bothered to follow up
on my claim about being exposed to Slammer's aggression. The
investigator was brought in much later, to investigate
claim that in reporting the incident, per NU policy, I had defamed him!
The double standard is self-evident."
First Post Announcing Ban and Context
(September 1, 2016)
in hotel room at the American Political Science Association annual
meeting in recognition that without support from my colleagues
would lose my job.