Magazine article Black Issues in Higher Education

Association Criticizes Meharry for Treatment of Faculty

Magazine article Black Issues in Higher Education

Association Criticizes Meharry for Treatment of Faculty

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NASHVILLE, TENN.

A national higher education advocacy group is defending several former Meharry Medical College faculty members who say they were wrongfully let go.

Dr. Joel Trupin, 70, and three other professors sued Meharry in September 2003 after their contracts weren't renewed. They argued they had been singled out for criticizing the administration on campus and in the press.

Trupin, a microbiology professor, asked the American Association of University Professors (AAUP) to investigate after the contracts were not renewed.

AAUP investigators found that "Trupin's chief offense seems to have been that over a number of years he was a vigorous and frank critic of the Meharry administration."

The organization also blamed the administration for ignoring the protections of faculty tenure that certain professors had earned through decades of service, even though they did not formally have tenure.

Dr. John Maupin, the school's president since 1994, defended the school and said he felt AAUP investigators were "a little unbalanced in their review and conclusions."

"I respect their comments, but they do not dictate my actions," he said. …

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