UNF Professor Files Lawsuit in Tenure Denial

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An outspoken philosophy instructor has sued the University of

North Florida after she was denied tenure for being

"consistently negative and counterproductive."

Ellen Klein, an assistant philosophy professor, taught her last

class April 24. Her termination is effective Tuesday.

Klein filed a civil lawsuit in federal court against the past

and present chairmen of the school's Department of History,

Philosophy and Religious Studies. She charges that the tenure

denial amounts to a violation of her First Amendment right to

free speech and is seeking a preliminary court injunction

preventing her termination.

Klein stirred controversy at the school with her outspoken

views opposing academic feminism and her criticism of the

school's department of history, philosophy and religion. Klein

is the author of Feminism Under Fire, which was published in

1995.

Tenure decisions are based on a faculty member's performance in

teaching, research and service. Klein's denial for tenure was

based on her service to her department.

"In reviewing your dossier, I found that your service to the

department has been consistently negative and

counterproductive," UNF President Adam Herbert said in a

letter dated April 23. …