BREAKING: Wild apologizes to O’Brien, two reach undisclosed “deal”

Via the JSOnline:

Marquette University announced on Wednesday that it had reached what it called a “mutually acceptable resolution” with Seattle University professor Jodi O’Brien regarding a decision to rescind an offer to be dean of the school’s College of Arts and Sciences.

In a letter sent to the Marquette community, Marquette President Father Robert A. Wild wrote that, in reaching this resolution, “we have apologized to Dr. O’Brien for the way in which this was handled and for the upset and unwanted attention that we have caused to this outstanding teacher and scholar. We have also extended our gratitude for the graciousness with which she has addressed the situation these past six weeks.”

Terms of the settlement were not disclosed.

Wild added in his letter that he also was sorry for the “shortcomings and the ways in which this has hurt our Marquette community. Although I stand by my decision, which was made in the context of Marquette’s commitment to its mission and identity, the withdrawal of the contract clearly raised anxiety, even anguish, among our faculty, staff and students – and beyond our campus, too.”

Wild wrote: “While the Search Committee performed its work exactly as it was asked to do, there followed lapses in communication in the university’s procedures. In hindsight, I certainly wish I had asked more questions earlier in the process and worked harder to achieve clarity in my own discussions of the offer. I am sorry that we did not handle things differently, and I assure you that, together with some of your academic colleagues, we are reviewing the procedures for leadership searches and will make improvements.”

Wild also admitted that he had heard from many individuals supporting the decision and those who did not. He specifically mentioned his conversation with Archbishop Jerome Listecki.

“He gave me his thoughts, and at no point did he attempt to tell me what to do. As his own statement correctly pointed out, Marquette is an autonomous institution. No donor, big or small, caused me to make my decision. The decision, as it should be, was ultimately mine alone. I fully recognize that others could reasonably reach a different conclusion, but I needed to act according to both my own conscience and my judgment, based on 14 years as president and my own background as a Jesuit and theologian,” Wild wrote.

Wild said he was still a defender of academic freedom. He also said that sexual orientation (O’Brien is a lesbian scholar) was not a factor in his decision.

“While the events of the past few weeks have raised questions about Marquette’s commitment to the LGBT community on campus, sexual orientation was not a factor in my decision. I remain firmly and fully committed to and supportive of the university’s efforts to improve faculty and student diversity,” he said.

O’Brien had signed and mailed a contract accepting the deanship, only to learn later that the university was withdrawing the offer.

After the story became national news, some faculty members took out an ad in the Journal Sentinel condemning the university’s decision. In the ad, faculty members representing both Seattle and Marquette asked Marquette to give O’Brien the job back, with an apology.

Did anyone get Wild’s email to the “Marquette community” today? I didn’t. (Apparently, as a three-weeks graduated BA, I’m not longer part of the “Marquette community.” So it goes.)

It seems rather useless to announce a struck deal without disclosing its details. Is O’Brien hired again? Was she plannign to sue, but given an out-of-court settlement? Did she just accept the apology? Has Wild agreed to apologize to the wider LGBT community? What’s happened?

Update: McAdams got Wild’s email:

Dear Colleagues:

I want to share with you the news that the university and Dr. Jodi O’Brien have reached a mutually acceptable resolution regarding my decision to rescind the contract with Dr. O’Brien to be dean of the Helen Way Klingler College of Arts and Sciences.

In reaching this resolution, we have apologized to Dr. O’Brien for the way in which this was handled and for the upset and unwanted attention that we have caused to this outstanding teacher and scholar. We have also extended our gratitude for the graciousness with which she has addressed the situation these past six weeks.

Now, to you, I also express my regret for the shortcomings and the ways in which this has hurt our Marquette community. Although I stand by my decision, which was made in the context of Marquette’s commitment to its mission and identity, the withdrawal of the contract clearly raised anxiety, even anguish, among our faculty, staff and students – and beyond our campus, too. While the Search Committee performed its work exactly as it was asked to do, there followed lapses in communication in the university’s procedures. In hindsight, I certainly wish I had asked more questions earlier in the process and worked harder to achieve clarity in my own discussions of the offer. I am sorry that we did not handle things differently, and I assure you that, together with some of your academic colleagues, we are reviewing the procedures for leadership searches and will make improvements.

There has been much speculation – and many accusations – about what this decision involved. It is true that I heard from many individuals, both those supporting and those opposing the appointment. My conversation with Archbishop Listecki, for example, was like the others: he gave me his thoughts, and at no point did he attempt to tell me what to do. As his own statement correctly pointed out, Marquette is an autonomous institution. No donor, big or small, caused me to make my decision. The decision, as it should be, was ultimately mine alone. I fully recognize that others could reasonably reach a different conclusion, but I needed to act according to both my own conscience and my judgment, based on 14 years as president and my own background as a Jesuit and theologian.

Throughout my tenure as president, I have vigorously defended the academic freedom of various faculty members – in the face of statements from bishops, in support of the breadth of intellectual inquiry that makes a university strong, and in making promotion and tenure decisions. And I will continue to do so. I certainly respect the rights of our faculty to pursue any research in their own fields of expertise, including scholarly investigation of gender, sexuality and identity.

While the events of the past few weeks have raised questions about Marquette’s commitment to the LGBT community on campus, sexual orientation was not a factor in my decision. I remain firmly and fully committed to and supportive of the university’s efforts to improve faculty and student diversity. Throughout my administration, and with my active support, openly gay faculty and staff have been hired and received promotions and tenure based on academic merit and accomplishments. I want every student, every employee, to be able to proudly declare that this is their Marquette. To that end, we will continue to meet with students, faculty and staff, both individually and through recognized groups, to elicit feedback and ideas on how we can best achieve that climate.

This is just one element of the community discernment in which we will engage in the year ahead. I am saddened by the divisiveness this decision has caused, and, as I enter my final year as your president, a priority focus will be continuing dialogue and reflection, among faculty, staff and students, about our Catholic, Jesuit identity and the important principles of academic freedom, shared governance and the needs of our LGBT community. I expect us to explore these topics through the research, teaching and service projects that are a part of university life, in ways that include, but certainly are not limited to, faculty summer research, faculty-student team research projects, conferences and speakers, course development, and student service-learning projects, particularly in the areas of gender and sexuality and Catholicity in higher education. I welcome, indeed encourage, your ideas.

In the months ahead there will be much opportunity for continued reflection, in the spirit of St. Ignatius. And I will be asking God’s blessings on our Marquette family and His guidance as we move forward.

Sincerely,

Bob Wild, S.J.

Okay, so Wild at once apologizes for his decision, and is “saddened by the divisiveness this decision has caused,” and would have “handle[d] things differently” if given the chance, he still “stand[s] by [his] decision.”

Um…what?

A late document from the O’Brien case

Published May 18 but only now entering my radar:

Mary E. Hunt,  theologian, co-founder and co-director of the Women’s Alliance for Theology, Ethics and Ritual (WATER), and out lesbian, writing in Religious Dispatches, analyzes the stated rationale for dismissing Jodi O’Brien:

The university issued an inexplicable statement claiming that although Professor O’Brien brings:

an excellent background, a record of achievement and a strong academic track record… it was decided after further analysis that this individual was not the person who could best fill this very important position.

It continues:

There were certain oversights in the search process, and we regret that deeply. As a result of this search, the university will revise some aspects of the search process.

Note the increasingly abstract rhetoric. It starts with Dr. O’Brien, then she becomes an “individual,” later a “person” as the agent fades into oblivion. Note the complete lack of anyone taking responsibility. Just how did those “oversights” jump into the search process all by themselves? This sort of shifty, murky statement usually hides a multitude of sins, as it does here.

I await further clarification, but at this writing it seems that the only plausible explanation for rescinding an offer made to so obviously qualified a candidate is discrimination based on sexual orientation and/or prejudice related to the nature of her scholarship vis-à-vis queer families. A runner-up explanation is that Marquette administrators are totally incompetent. Pick your poison.

She talks about the two positions as if they’re mutually exclusive. They’re not.

Encroachment on academic freedom in Catholic institutions is not new, but it has been confined in the main to theology. Apparently now even sociology at Catholic institutions must be done within the narrow parameters of Roman Catholic hierarchical views. Likewise, the promised revision of the hiring process can only mean that candidates whose views do not square with institutional Roman Catholic theology will be discriminated against before the offer is made. Private universities like Bob Jones, Oral Roberts, and now Marquette do that. It goes on all the time of course, but the university acts as if the major issue at stake here were sloppy work rather than egregious action against a person they pursued in the first place.

Marquette may be in the vanguard of Catholic institutions that are growing increasingly parochial, shaping the social sciences and perhaps eventually the physical sciences to Roman kyriarchal ideology rather than to the gold standard in the field. It is a sad loss of what might have become a world-class university.

President Wild stated several times for the camera, and obviously on the advice of counsel, that this retraction of a perfectly legal contract is “not about sexual orientation.” It will be interesting to see what the lawsuit looks like, or whether Marquette will settle for a large sum out of court. He waxed poetic about the many gay and lesbian people at Marquette: “We have a variety of men and women here who are homosexual who work in all sorts of venues in this university, holding a variety of positions. They do great work, they make a valuable contribution to this institution.”

I know some of the best and brightest at Marquette and they were not persuaded by his line. I asked Robert Wild about these queer people at Marquette in my letter: “Is it because they are worthy to do the dishes or clean the floors but not to be a dean? Is it because they are in high teaching and/or administrative positions but remain closeted so no one has to deal with the truth of their Catholic lives, the fact that many great leaders in Catholic higher education are gay or lesbian? Is it because they are athletes and bring fame and fortune to the university that they are ‘allowed’ to be lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender, still part of that winning Catholic team as long as they remain silent on their sexuality? What about the many valiant heterosexual allies who bring their professional expertise to bear when they support same-sex love despite the institutional Catholic Church’s antiquated teachings?” No response.

WI Arts Board stalls grant for MU museum, citing discrimination concerns

Via the JSOnline:

Citing “serious questions” about alleged discriminatory hiring practices at Marquette University, the Wisconsin Arts Board announced Wednesday that it has deferred action on a grant request by the school’s art museum. The Arts Board action appears to be the first known public effort to impose an economic penalty on Marquette for its decision to rescind its offer of a deanship to Jodi O’Brien, a lesbian scholar at Seattle University.

In a letter written Wednesday to Wally Mason, the director of the Haggerty Museum of Art, Lt. Gov. Barbara Lawton, who is chair of the Arts Board, said the board voted unanimously earlier this month to defer a decision until Sept.11. Lawton’s letter did not specifically mention O’Brien by name, but a spokesman for Lawton’s office confirmed that Lawton was referring to O’Brien.

Marquette announced on May 6 that it was rescinding its offer of the position of dean of the College of Arts and Sciences to O’Brien, citing concerns relating to Marquette’s “Catholic mission and identity” and the university’s incompatibility with some of her writings. Marquette said the decision to rescind the offer had nothing to do with O’Brien’s sexual orientation. In a statement issued a few hours after the letter was released, Marquette said it looked forward to a “continuing conversation” with the Arts Board.

“At the same time, the university emphatically denies any allegations of ‘discriminatory hiring practices’ and regrets the unfortunate way in which the deferred action was announced,” the statement says. Lawton wrote that her board had serious questions suggesting discriminatory hiring practices at Marquette that remain unresolved.

“Board members asked for more time to investigate and ensure that any grant approved was consistent with our mission as the state agency which ‘nurtures creativity, cultivates expression, promotes the arts, supports the arts in education, stimulates community and economic development and serves as a resource for people of every culture and heritage.’ Our clearly stated values include ‘freedom of expression’ and ‘respect and appreciation for all cultures and people,’ ” Lawton’s letter said.

The museum had received a total of $13,585 in fiscal year 2010. The amount for fiscal year 2011, which begins July 1, will not be determined until the September meeting, a Lawton spokesman said.

It’s sad that the Haggerty has to suffer for Wild’s decision. They’re good people there. Those of you still in Milwaukee, try to make time this weekend to stop by, and slip something into the donation box.

I reviewed the museum’s two ongoing exhibits here and here.

Another O’Brien-antidiscrimination petition

As of my signing c. 1:35 PM EST, it’s only 26 signatures away from its self-appointed goal of 200; let’s push it past that. Go.

MU, SU faculties take out full-page ad in JS condemning O’Brien rescinding

Coverage in JSOnline here. Via the Facebook of philosophy professor Nancy Snow, the text of the ad:

Statement from Concerned Faculty Members of Marquette University
Regarding the Rescinded Offer of Deanship to Dr. Jodi O’Brien (joined by concerned colleagues from Seattle University):

– We condemn the decision to rescind the offer made to Dr. Jodi O’Brien to serve as Dean of the Helen Way Klingler College of Arts and Sciences.

– We condemn the involvement of the Archdiocese of Milwaukee and other outside influences in this decision. The academic autonomy and integrity of Marquette University was compromised in this decision-making process.

– We believe this action has caused significant harm to the reputation of Marquette University. It threatens our credibility and integrity as a university. It has caused suffering among students, alumni, staff, and faculty, and it will cost Marquette considerably in terms of community relationships, research, and recruiting and retaining students and faculty.

– We reject the public rationale offered for this action: examples of Dr. O’Brien’s scholarship disqualify her from being able to represent Marquette University in its Catholic mission and identity. We reject the idea that scholarship published in peer-reviewed journals or presented at universities or academic conferences can disqualify a faculty member from leadership at a Jesuit University.

– We strongly believe the decision puts academic freedom at risk at Marquette University. We reject an intellectual “litmus test” for our faculty, staff, and leaders in the administration. Indeed we find the very idea of such a “litmus test” to be contrary to the tradition of excellence, faith, service, and leadership advanced by American Jesuit Colleges and Universities.

– We believe that the rejection of Dr. O’Brien because of her scholarship examining the social institution of marriage and the fluidity of gender roles and sexuality exposes a culture of unease and suppression at Marquette University, a culture which frowns upon the frank intellectual discussion of human – and especially female – sexuality. This is particularly chilling and ironic as we celebrate the Centennial of Women at Marquette.

– We believe that this course of events undermines Marquette University’s faith commitment to both foster diversity and honor the human dignity of every individual regardless of culture, faith, race, gender, and sexual orientation.

– We pledge to work to restore the integrity of our university.

– We pledge to defend academic freedom for all of our faculty, and the spirit of academic freedom for all students, staff, administrators, and leadership. We will reject vigilantly the imposition of “litmus tests.”

– We pledge to confront directly the chilly climate on campus for scholarship and discussion concerning issues of gender and sexuality. We demand that these issues be allowed the broadest horizons for inquiry and debate. We cannot allow the intellectual discussion and academic investigation of human sexuality to be constrained by overly narrow understandings of Jesuit mission and Catholic identity.

– We pledge to honor Marquette University’s Statement on Human Dignity and Diversity. We must not only talk the talk of nondiscrimination and inclusiveness; our rhetoric must be matched by courageous action.

– We pledge to help our students make sense of what has transpired here. We desire for them to inherit a tradition of Excellence, Faith, Leadership, and Service that is inclusive, fosters moral courage, and supports the free and open inquiry necessary to attain the highest standards of scholarship.

– We hope to engage in conversations with all levels of university administration to ensure more transparent process for hiring in the future and to develop a more open environment generally.

– We note with chagrin that while the administration encouraged the university community to discuss the name change of our basketball team for a full year, less than two weeks after this egregious action, which strikes at the heart of our functioning as a university, we were told it is time for “healing” and “moving on.” We will not be silent until the integrity of our university is restored.

– We believe that the appropriate response to the current situation is for the offer of the Deanship of the College of Arts and Sciences to be extended again immediately to Dr. O’Brien with an apology.

Marquette University
– Dr. Lea Acord, Professor , College of Nursing
– Monica Adya, Associate Professor, Department of Management – Eugenia Afinoguenova, Associate Professor of Spanish, Department of Foreign
Languages and Literatures – Dr. Raquel Aguilu de Murphy, Associate Professor of Spanish, Department of Foreign
Languages and Literatures
– Steven M. Avella, Department of History
– Dr. Connie L. Bauer, Associate Professor, Marketing Department
– Ruth Ann Belknap, RN, PhD, College of Nursing
– Amy L. Blair, Assistant Professor, Department of English – Edward Blumenthal, Assistant Professor, Department of Biological Sciences – Dr. M.C. Bodden, Associate Professor of English
– Louise Cainkar, Associate Professor, Social Welfare and Justice
– Curtis L. Carter
– Julia McCord Chavez, PhD, Visiting Assistant, Professor of English – Dr. Anne Clough, Professor, Department of Math, Statistics and Computer Science – Colleen Coffey, Adjunct Instructor, Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures – Roberta L. Coles, Associate Professor of Sociology, Social and Cultural Sciences – Dr. Sarah Davies Cordova, Associate Professor of French, Department of Foreign Languages
and Literatures
– John B. Davis, Department of Economics
– Sally A. Doyle, Director of Academic Business Affairs, College of Business Administration – Dr. Ellen Eckman, Associate Professor, College of Education
– Daradirek “Gee” Ekachai, Ph.D., Department of Advertising and Public Relations, Diederich
College of Communication
– Stephen M. Engel, Assistant Professor of Political Science – Dr. Kim A. S. Factor, Associate Professor, Department of Math, Statistics, and Computer
Science – Dr. Robert H. Fitts, Professor, Department of Biological Sciences
– A. Kristen Foster, Department of History
– Susanne Foster, Associate Professor of Philosophy
– Stephen L. Franzoi, Professor of Psychology
– Dr. Ana C. Garner, Associate Professor, Department of Journalism – Sarah Gendron, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures – Kevin Gibson, Associate Professor, Philosophy – Dr. Steven R. Goldzwig, Professor, Department of Communication Studies
– Dr. Amara Graf, Visiting Assistant Professor, Department of English – Jean M. Grow, Associate Professor, Diederich College of Communication
– Stephen J. Guastello, PhD, Professor of Psychology
– Dr. Douglas Harris, Professor, Department of Mathematics, Statistics, and Computer Science – Heather Hathaway, PhD, Associate Professor, English – Dr. Carla Hay, Associate Professor, Department of History – Dr. Todd Hernandez, Assistant Professor, Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures – Dr. Heather Hlavka, Assistant Professor, Department of Social and Cultural Sciences
– James A. Holstein, Professor, Department of Social and Cultural Sciences – Dr. Jody Jessup-Anger, Assistant Professor, Department of Educational Policy and
Leadership – Richard S. Jones, Associate Professor of Sociology, Department of Social and Cultural
Sciences – Andrew Kahrl, Assistant Professor, Department of History
– Dr. Kate M. Kaiser, Associate Professor, Information Technology
– Kathleen Karrer, Professor, Biological Sciences
– Dr. Astrida Kaugars, Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology
– Lezlie Knox, PhD, Associate Professor of Medieval History
– Debra Krajec, Artistic Associate Professor, Department of Performing Arts – Wendy Krueger, Clinical Instructor, Department of Speech Pathology and Audiology – Mary Pat Kunert, RN PhD, Former Professor, College of Nursing – Gene R. Laczniak, Professor of Business, Department of Marketing – Francesca Lopez, Assistant Professor, Department of Educational Policy and Leadership
– Dr. Robert Lowe, Professor, Department of Educational Policy and Leadership
– Dr. Marta Magiera, Department of Mathematics, Statistics and Computer Science
– Professor Daniel C. Maguire
– Cheryl Maranto, PhD, Associate Professor, Department of Management – James Marten, Professor of History – Jessica Martin, Adjunct Instructor, Foreign Languages and Literatures
– Dr. Judith A. Mayotte, Former Professor and Women’s Chair in Humanistic Studies – Barrett L. McCormick, Professor of Political Science
– Timothy G. McMahon, PhD, Associate Professor, Department of History
– Jodi L. Melamed, Assistant Professor of English
– Gale Miller, Social and Cultural Sciences
– Dawne Moon, Assistant Professor, Social and Cultural Sciences
– Dr. Michael J. Monahan, Associate Professor of Philosophy
– Dr. Sameena Mulla, Assistant Professor of Anthropology, Department of Social and Cultural
Sciences
– Dr. Michelle Mynlieff, Associate Professor, Department of Biological Sciences
– Pamela Hill Nettleton, Assistant Professor, Diedrich College of Communication
– Dr. Kristy A. Nielson, Professor, Department of Psychology
– Dr. Rebecca S. Nowacek, Assistant Professor, Department of English – Joseph J. O’Malley, PhD, Professor Emeritus, Philosophy – Debra L. Oswald, PhD, Associate Professor of Psychology – PE Papanek, Associate Professor, College of Health Sciences – Dr. Anne M. Pasero, Associate Professor of Spanish
– Anthony F. Peressini, Associate Professor of Philosophy
– Michael Politano, Associate Professor, Department of Physics
– Kris Ratcliffe, Professor, Department of English
– Dr. Kathleen Rehbein, Associate Professor of Management
– Dr. Scott Reid, Professor, Department of Chemistry
– Stephen M. Saunders, PhD, Professor, Department of Psychology – Martin Scanlan, Assistant Professor, Department of Educational Policy and Leadership
– Heidi Schweizer, Associate Professor, College of Education
– Mary Anne Siderits, Assistant Professor of Psychology
– Dr. Christopher J. Simenz, Professor, Department of Physical Therapy
– Nancy E. Snow, Professor of Philosophy
– Dr. Angela Sorby, Associate Professor of English – James B. South, Associate Professor, Department of Philosophy
– Professor R. Clifton Spargo, Professor of English
– Dr. Elaine Spiller, Assistant Professor, Department of Mathematics, Statistics, and Computer
Science – Ed de St. Aubin, Associate Professor, Psychology – Dr. Martin St. Maurice, Assistant Professor, Department of Biological Sciences – Dr. Tina Stoeckmann, Clinical Associate Professor, Department of Physical Therapy – Rosemary A. Stuart, PhD, Professor, Department of Biological Sciences
– Dr. John J. Su, Associate Professor, Department of English – Dr. Siddhartha S. Syam, Associate Professor, Department of Management
– Dr. Andrew Tallon, Professor of Philosophy
– Dr. Theresa Tobin, Assistant Professor of Philosophy
– Franco V. Trivigno, Assistant Professor, Department of Philosophy – Lynn H. Turner, Professor, Communication Studies – David Wagner, Assistant Professor, Biological Sciences
– Dr. Michael Wert
– Dr. Darren Wheelock, Assistant Professor, Department of Social and Cultural Sciences
– Michael Wierzbicki, PhD, Associate Professor of Psychology
– Kathleen Foley Winkler, Department of Social and Cultural Sciences
– Dr. Joyce Wolburg, Professor, Advertising and Public Relations – Dr. Amelia Zurcher, Associate Professor, Department of English, and Director, Women’s and
Gender Studies
– Name Withheld, Assistant Professor, Department Withheld
– Name Withheld, Assistant Professor, Department Withheld
– Name Withheld, Assistant Professor, Department Withheld
– Name Withheld, Professor, Department Withheld

Seattle University Faculty Signatures
for Joint Statement with Marquette Faculty

-Saheed Adejumobi, Associate Professor of Global African Studies and History
-Mara Adelman, Associate Professor of Communication
-Kenneth Allan, Assistant Professor of Fine Arts
-Robert Andolina, Assistant Professor of International Studies
-Connie Anthony, Associate Professor of Political Science
-Gary Atkins, Professor of Communication
-Philip Barclift, Director of Liberal Studies
-Anupa Batra, Core Lecturer Philosophy
-John C. Bean,Professor of English
-Melinda J. Branscomb, Associate Professor of Law
-Mary Kay Brennan, Clinical Professor Social Work
-Cordula Brown, Adjunct Faculty Modern Languages
-Maria Bullon-Fernandez, Associate Professor of English
-Daniel Burnstein, Associate Professor of History
-Jason Capps, Lecturer Sociology
-Maria Carl, Associate Professor of Philosophy
-Gary Chamberlain, Professor Emeritus of Theology and Religious Studies
-Robert S. Chang, Professor of Law and Director, Fred T. Korematsu Center for Law and Equality
-Carol Wolfe Clay, Professor of Fine Arts
-Mark Cohan, Assistant Professor of Sociology
-Kathleen Cook, Associate Professor of Psychology
-Sharon Cumberland, Associate Professor of English
-Robert J. Deltete, Professor of Philosophy
-Daniel A. Dombrowski, Professor of Philosophy
-Yancy Hughes Dominick, Core Lecturer Philosophy
-Theresa Earenfight, Associate Professor of History
-Rose Ernst, Assistant Professor of Political Science
-Mako Fitts, Assistant Professor of Sociology
-Ted Fortier, Associate Professor of Anthropology
-Claire Garoutte, Assistant Professor of Fine Arts
-Carmen Gonzalez, Associate Professor of Law
-Ki Gottberg, Professor of Fine Arts
-Gabriella Gutiérrez y Muhs, Associate Professor of Modern Languages
-H. Hazel Hahn, Associate Professor of History
-Steen Halling, Professor of Psychology
-Julie Harms Cannon, Core Lecturer Sociology
-Burt C. Hopkins, Professor of Philosophy
-Randall Horton, Assistant Professor of Psychology
-Benjamin Howe, Core Lecturer Philosophy
-Naomi Hume, Assistant Professor of Fine Arts
-Wai-Shun Hung, Assistant Professor of Philosophy
-Nalini Iyer, Associate Professor of English
-Sonora Jha, Associate Professor of Communication
-William Kangas, Senior Core Lecturer History
-Carol E. Kelly, Matteo Ricci College
-Paulette Kidder, Associate Professor of Philosophy
-Victoria Kill, Adjunct Faculty English
-Kate Koppelman, Assistant Professor of English
-Kevin C. Krycka, Associate Professor of Psychology
-George Kunz, Professor Emeritus of Psychology
-Kathleen LaVoy, Associate Professor of Psychology
-Kan Liang, Associate Professor of History
-Erica Lillelht, Associate Professor of Psychology
-Madeline Lovell, Associate Professor of Sociology
-Tayyab Mahmud, Professor of Law and Director, Center for Global Justice
-Sean McDowell, Associate Professor of English
-Marc McLeod, Associate Professor of History
-Gordon Miller, Director of Environmental Studies
-Cynthia Moe-Loebeda, Associate Professor of Theology and Religious Studies
-Larry Nichols, Lecturer English
-Laurel Oates, Professor of Law
-Erik Olsen, Associate Professor of Political Science
-Tracey Pepper, Core Lecturer History
-Jeffrey S. Philpott, Assistant Professor of Communication
-Harriet Phinney, Lecturer Anthropology
-Catherine Punsalan, Assistant Professor of Theology and Religious Studies
-Katherine Raichle, Assistant Professor of Psychology
-Matthew Rellihan, Assistant Professor of Philosophy
-Christina A. Roberts, Assistant Professor of English
-Jeanette Rodriguez, Professor of Theology and Religious Studies
-C. Bradley Scharf, Professor of Political Science
-Mary Lou Sena, Associate Professor of Philosophy
-Julie Shapiro, Professor of Law
-Elizabeth Sikes, Core Lecturer Philosophy
-David M. Skover, Fredric C. Tausend Professor of Law
-Mary-Antoinette Smith, Associate Professor of English
-William H. Smith, Core Lecturer Philosophy
-Heath Spencer, Core Lecturer History
-Jeffrey L. Staley, Adjunct Faculty Theology and Religious Studies
-Shizuko Suenaga, Assistant Professor of Modern Languages
-Sharon A. Suh, Associate Professor of Theology and Religious Studies
-Olúfémi Táíwò, Professor of Philosophy and Global African Studies
-Samuel Talcott, Core Lecturer Philosophy
-Hannah Tracy, Lecturer English
-Trileigh Tucker, Associate Professor of Environmental Studies
-Josef Venker, S.J., Assistant Professor of Fine Arts
-Jason M. Wirth, Associate Professor of Philosophy
– Riva Zeff, Clinical Professor Social Work

May 6 organizers wrangle meeting with Wild

From a mailing from the administrators of the Facebook group Marquette: Do Not Discriminate Against Jodi O’Brien:

Hello All,

Today four students met with Father Wild (Marquette’s President) and Dr. L. Christopher Miller (vice president for student affairs) to discuss the need for a swift apology from Father Wild. The students requested that Father Wild make this apology publicly before 5pm tomorrow. There will be another update at that time regarding further actions if the apology is not made in a timely manner. Please let me know if any of you would be interested in participating in an act of solidarity at 5 tomorrow to demonstrate your belief that an apology is necessary to move forward.

[Name redacted by WW]

Day Four: MUProtestMay6 still anonymous

Four days ago, a circle of Marquette students and grad students announced their intention to seek legal and academic sanctions against the university for percieved discrimination against Jodi O’Brien. Despite this public announcement of a public endeavor that will touch the lives of everyone connected to Marquette, the students have not made their names public, or answered basic questions about their case (e.g., is Jodi O’Brien involved in this in any capacity?). If they cannot discuss the case for legal reasons (unlikely, because one has been interviewed by the Shepherd Express), they also have not explained this.

This is unacceptable. You made a public statement about a public action that will affect the lives of everyone connected to Marquette, yet you refuse to take on the responsibilities of a public figure–responsibilities transparency, accountability, and a willingness to engage in meaningful questions about your work. I am asking you nothing more than to accept your actions as your own.

This is getting redundant.

Name yourselves now.