UNF Professor Files Lawsuit in Tenure Denial
Carter, John R., The Florida Times Union
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
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. …