Criticism mounts as Linfield University president fires tenured professor

By: | May 3, 2021

Linfield University President Miles K. Davis rebuffed calls to resign and defended the abrupt firing of an English professor who criticized him.

Davis also argued that a faculty handbook setting out a hearing process for disciplining a tenured professor was outdated and didn’t apply to the case of Daniel Pollack-Pelzner.

Pollack-Pelzner, a Shakespeare scholar who held an endowed chair and was a faculty trustee, had denounced the university’s handling of sexual misconduct allegations against board members, alleged that Davis had made an anti-Semitic remark about the “length of Jewish noses” and accused Davis of retaliating against him for speaking out.

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