Petition in Support of Dr. Janice Harper

Janice Harper was an Assistant Professor with the University of Tennessee-Knoxville, who was denied tenure earlier this spring and fired from her position with the university on July 31, 2009.  An anthropologist, Dr. Harper has made valuable contributions to medical and environmental issues through her teaching and scholarship. In the course of her tenure evaluation Dr. Harper was subjected to a Homeland Security investigation. No evidence of criminal activity was found. A report by the University of Tennessee's Faculty Senate Appeals Committee (June 15, 2009) has fully exonerated Dr. Harper. The Faculty Senate Appeals Committee's report describes multiple violations of university procedure and supports claims that Dr. Harper was denied a fair tenure evaluation. Anthropologist David Price wrote about the case in the August 10th edition of CounterPunch in an article titled, Trial by Investigation. See:   http://www.counterpunch.org/price08102009.html


We, the undersigned, express support for Dr. Harper and request that independent bodies such as the American Association of University Professors, the American Anthropology Association and the Society for Applied Anthropology look into this matter.

Janice Harper was an Assistant Professor with the University of Tennessee-Knoxville, who was denied tenure earlier this spring and fired from her position with the university on July 31, 2009.  An anthropologist, Dr. Harper has made valuable contributions to medical and environmental issues through her teaching and scholarship. In the course of her tenure evaluation Dr. Harper was subjected to a Homeland Security investigation. No evidence of criminal activity was found. A report by the University of Tennessee%u2019s Faculty Senate Appeals Committee (June 15, 2009) has fully exonerated Dr. Harper. The Faculty Senate Appeals Committee's report describes multiple violations of university procedure and supports claims that Dr. Harper was denied a fair tenure evaluation. Anthropologist David Price wrote about the case in the August 10th edition of CounterPunch in an article titled, %u201CTrial by Investigation.%u201D See:   http://www.counterpunch.org/price08102009.html


We, the undersigned, express support for Dr. Harper and request that independent bodies such as the American Association of University Professors, the American Anthropology Association and the Society for Applied Anthropology look into this matter.

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