Office of Faculty Enhancement
One of the most positive aspects of the academic life is academic freedom. Faculty at colleges and universities are afforded a considerable amount of freedom in the syllabi they construct, the topics they address in the classroom, and the things they say in professional and public arenas.
A recent court case involving a faculty member at Northern Illinois University questions the boundaries of that freedom. A recent article in the Chronicle summarizes the case and the response from the university administrators.
I would like your comments about this case. Have you ever felt concerned for your job because of the things you have said in public? Should there be limits to faculty speech when those faculty are serving in a professional capacity?