After six years of litigation, I am pleased to report that I have finally won the right to present my case against UNC-Wilmington to a jury of my peers here in North Carolina. My case began in September of 2006 when I was denied promotion to full professor. At the time, I had multiple teaching awards and outstanding reviews from students for my teaching. I had published more peer-reviewed articles than the vast majority of my colleagues. In fact, my department had never denied promotion to full professor to anyone with as many peer reviewed publications as I had accumulated. My...
I have mixed feelings about this. If Adams really has been discriminated against, based solely on an unpopular set of political beliefs, he deserves justice. On the other hand, after reading a number of his columns, I wonder what it is like to work around him. He apparently sees himself as a righteous crusader in a world gone wrong, but I suspect that his academic colleagues see him as something more like a horse's hind end -- unnecessarily abrasive, confrontational, and over the top.
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