California State University Emeritus & Retired Faculty & Staff Association


Academic Freedom at the University of Mississippi

CSU-ERFSA member Henry Reichman from CSU-East Bay recenty published an article in the Chronicle of Higher Education describing an egregious case of denial of academic freedom at the University of Mississippi.

Here is a brief excerpt from the article: ..... Two weeks ago, the historian Garrett Felber reached a confidential settlement with the University of Mississippi, where in December 2020 his appointment as a tenure-track assistant professor was not renewed under abrupt and alarming circumstances. “I was terminated because of my public statements, including legitimate criticisms of the university. Rather than go to court and seek reinstatement, I have chosen to move on and continue my work from a position outside this university,” Felber declared. ....

Felber's pubic, anti-racist statements appear to be the proximate cause of his abrupt termination from his position as a tenure-track assistant professor at the University of Mississippi. 

The complete article can be found here. (If you do not already subscribe to The Chronicle of Higher Education, you will need to sign up for a free subscription to read the article in its entirety.

Henry Reichman is a professor emeritus of history at California State University-East Bay; former AAUP vice president and president of the AAUP Foundation; and from 2012 to 2021 chair of AAUP’s Committee A on Academic Freedom and Tenure.

(Return to the CSU-ERFSA Latest News Page)