Marquette University will begin tenure revocation procedures against John "Marquette Warrior" McAdams.  (Back story and additional links here.)  Inside Higher Education have the story.  John Wilson, writing for the American Association of University Professor's Academe weblog, characterizes Marquette's reaction as "alarming." "AAUP regulations, and Marquette’s own policies, explicitly prohibit what Marquette is now doing: punishing a professor for publicly expressing his opinions." He elaborates.
Tolerance requires that a university not fire professors for their expression. Marquette is perfectly free to condemn McAdams for an alleged breach of civility, but not to punish him. And although some faculty might legitimately fear being criticized by McAdams, no one has a right to be free from criticism, or to punish McAdams for their own decision to self-censor.
Professor McAdams has retained counsel, and it appears that the Association will be brought in on his behalf. "Marquette’s decision to fire McAdams, like its earlier decision to suspend him, is a violation of the AAUP’s standards for academic freedom and Marquette’s requirements in its policies."

But his non-suspension suspension is not the only case of a professional being excommunicated for dissenting from the orthodoxy.  Here's Charles "Strong Town" Marohn being called out by an engineering guild.
Last week I received a notice from the board of licensing that a complaint has been filed against my professional engineering license. The complaint indicated that I had engaged in “misconduct on the website/blog Strong Towns” for things I have written critical of the engineering profession. While this development is disappointing, it is far from surprising.

The complaint was filed by a former American Society of Civil Engineers fellow who is currently an outspoken member of the Move MN coalition, the organization advocating for more transportation funding here in my home state. The complaint was filed on the day I wrote No New Roads, a blog post that called out both organizations for their self-serving support of endless transportation spending. Again, an effort to take away my professional license for speaking out is appalling, but it isn’t surprising.

I’ve long opposed the American Society of Civil Engineers. They don’t represent me and they should not be allowed to speak for this profession unchallenged. Their stands on how our country should be developed are frequently cited, despite how stunningly radical they are. American prosperity is not simply a function of how many roads, pipes and hunks of metal we can construct.
I'll keep following both cases.  Anyone who works on Northern Pacific Road in Brainerd deserves allies.

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