Gonzaga University has brought embattled ex-Mizzou professor Melissa Click on board to serve on its faculty despite her assault against a student journalist last fall.
Gonzaga announced its decision late Friday, saying that after a national search Click “emerged as the top candidate based on her record of teaching.”
“The committee was unanimous in deciding that she would be one of the two people to whom we offered the job,” said Gonzaga’s Communications Studies Department chair, Jonathan Rossing, under whom Click will serve as a lecturer in a one-year, non-tenure-track position.
Click was suspended in January and subsequently fired for her involvement in a string of protests on Mizzou’s campus last fall, which sent the school into the national spotlight and resulted in a year of racial unrest.
During one protest, Click was caught on camera assaulting a student journalist sent to campus to film the protests, even calling for “some muscle” to forcibly remove him from the grounds.
After Click had already fallen under strict scrutiny from the school for that incident, a video of her berating a police officer at an earlier protest surfaced online and ultimately sent her packing…
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