FIRE hails free speech win for conservative SUNY Fredonia prof

August 28, 2006

A philosophy professor at the State University of New York at Fredonia, who says he was denied a promotion by the school for expressing conservative views, is now being promoted.

Stephen Kershnar claims SUNY denied him advancement to a full professorship after he wrote three opinion articles criticizing the university for its affirmative action policy, its student code, and its lack of conservative professors.

However, less than three weeks after the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE) publicly accused the school of violating Kershnar's free-speech and academic-freedom rights, SUNY-Fredonia's President Dennis Hefner notified Kershnar that he was "promoted to the rank of full professor...

Schools: State University of New York – Fredonia Cases: State University of New York at Fredonia: Professor Punished for Public Expression