The University of Mississippi is shifting forward with its termination of Garrett Felber, assistant professor of historical past, its provost stated in a proper response to the American Historic Affiliation. The group inquired about Felber’s controversial termination, which a lot of his supporters have known as politically motivated or retaliatory, provided that his main offense is insisting on emailing together with his division chair throughout his analysis depart as a substitute of videochatting together with her.
In his letter to the AHA, Noel Wilkin, Mississippi’s provost, defended Felber’s chair’s determination to fireplace him, efficient subsequent educational 12 months. Wilkin stated the chair, Noell Wilson, “was doing precisely what all universities anticipate their chairs to do — be sure that school members are keen and in a position to observe the principles and processes concerned in securing exterior funding that commit the establishment to a monetary settlement. In actual fact, I respect that Dr. Wilson selected to make a really tough suggestion when she misplaced confidence that an untenured school member would act in good religion and be conscious of her repeated efforts to assist him succeed.”
Wilkin stated Felber wasn’t a lot fired as given a 12-month discover of nonrenewal. Whereas school members “clearly have a task in assessing the educating, analysis and repair of their colleagues,” he stated, “this determination had nothing to do with educating, analysis, or service. Due to this fact, school weren’t consulted relating to Dr. Wilson’s suggestion.”
Wilkin additionally denied that the choice was “motivated by or in any method associated to the subjects of Dr. Felber’s analysis, together with the historical past of the carceral state and race, or his work with those that are incarcerated. We have now different school members on our campus who’ve been engaged on this work since earlier than he was employed and they’re going to proceed to take action shifting ahead.” He additionally instructed that the AHA failed “to understand that there could also be different related knowledge that can not be broadly shared because of the confidential nature of personnel points.”
Felber stated by way of e mail that no confidential “personnel points” had ever been delivered to his consideration, however he provided no different remark. Many students have pledged to not converse at Ole Miss till he’s reinstated.