Good morning all! There was a recent decision protecting First Amendment Rights of non-tenured faculty reported by Inside Higher Ed. I’ll paste the link here and note that the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals was hearing a case from Illinois.
A college cannot fire an adjunct professor for criticizing it, so long as the issues raised are matters of public concern and the adjunct has reasonable expectation of continued employment, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit ruled Thursday in a decision, regarding Moraine Valley Community College in Illinois. Adjuncts historically have struggled to find legal support when they suddenly lose their teaching assignments, and the appeals court decision represents a strong statement . . .