Transgender Professor Denied Tenure and Fired

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In contrast to the good news for Danne Johnson, a professor at another Oklahoma university has apparently been denied tenure and terminated for being transgender:

Despite the complete support of her colleagues and direct superiors within Southeastern Oklahoma State University’s English, humanities and language department, Rachel Tudor, a professor of American and Native American literature, modernity and theory, humanities, composition and philosophy, has been denied tenure and informed that her employment will be terminated as of the end of this spring semester.

According to Claire Potter, a professor of American studies and history at Wesleyan University, Tudor has an amazing record as a scholar, teacher and colleague at the university and has been highly recommended by the tenure review committee. However, the dean and vice president of academic affairs deem Tudor’s “lifestyle” inappropriate, so they have taken actions to make sure Tudor leaves.

After transitioning, she had apparently been told that “she could only use the single handicap bathroom located quite a distance from her office.” And the vice president for academic affairs reportedly “openly asserted that Tudor’s lifestyle ‘offends his Baptist beliefs.’ ”

Click here to view the petition to reinstate Rachel Tudor.

-Tony Infanti

 

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