How You Get Fired from a Tenured Job

The University of Notre Dame fired a tenured engineering professor for inappropriate spending.

Very inappropriate spending. According to an article by Margaret Fosmoe in the South Bend Tribune:

University of Notre Dame officials say they fired a tenured professor because he spent more than $190,000 in research grant money and university funds on unauthorized equipment, including digital cameras he used to take pornographic pictures.

The erstwhile professor, Oliver Collins, was actually fired back in June for misusing research grants. The university only felt compelled to bring up that whole porn business after Collins filed a breach of contract lawsuit in which he said Notre Dame did not prove his actions as a professor represented “serious and deliberate personal or professional misconduct.”

According to the Fosmoe article “Collins’ lawsuit states his firing has severely damaged his professional reputation, making him virtually unemployable in a similar position.”

Right, that’s sort of the point.

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Daniel Luzer

Daniel Luzer is the news editor at Governing Magazine and former web editor of the Washington Monthly. Find him on Twitter: @Daniel_Luzer