Paying Attention to The Press

After colleagues told Occidental College psychology professor Gail M. Gottfried three years ago that their department chair had complained about her “typical New York Jewish personality,” she confronted him. Scott Carlson reported in the November 16 issue of The Chronicle of Higher Education. And that. Gottfried told The Chronicle, is when her troubles began. Gottfried, who had previously received departmental evaluations that praised her scholarship and teaching, said she was ostracized by her colleagues. A subsequent departmental review accused her of criticizing and refusing to communicate with her colleagues. Finally, in May, Occidental College denied Gottfried tenure.

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