University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) Professor James Enstrom, whose department had tried to get rid of him for not fitting the department’s "mission," has been granted an additional year of employment at UCLA, FIRE has learned. Dr. Enstrom had engaged in successful whistleblowing against a prominent member of his department, and there had been many years of debate between Enstrom and some of his colleagues over research on air pollution (a debate which continues today).
Enstrom’s story is far from over. Giving a professor a final year is a positive step, but it does not resolve the free speech, academic freedom, and accounting concerns that FIRE has raised from the beginning.
FIRE will keep you updated here on The Torch as we are able to share more.