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Gonzaga U Hires Mizzou Prof Fired After Calling for 'Some Muscle'

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Former University of Missouri communications professor Melissa Click, who last year lost her job after she was filmed during a protest calling for "some muscle" to eject a videographer from protests, now has a new job at Gonzaga University in Spokane, Washington.

"Dr. Click was hired through an extensive national search process that revealed her to be the most qualified and experienced candidate for the position,” Elisabeth Mermann-Jozwiak, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at Gonzaga said in a statement Friday. "Dr. Click has excellent recommendations for both her teaching and scholarship, which includes an extensive record of publication. We are confident she has learned much from her experiences at the University of Missouri and believe she will uphold the rigorous standards of academic excellence demanded of Gonzaga faculty and students.”

Click was fired after events during student protests at the university stemming from the university's refusal to pay for the health insurance of graduate teaching and research assistants. They held demonstrations, began forming a union, and have since united with students concerned about racism.

Eventually, University of Missouri President Timothy M. Wolfe resigned after protesters said he did not do an adequate job of responding to racial issues on campus.

Click apologized for her actions during the protests, but eventually she was fired without being afforded a series of hearings outlined in the university's Collected Rules and Regulations, reports The Kansas City Star. 

A misdemeanor assault charge was brought against Click earlier this year, but the charges were dropped when she agreed to perform community service, according to The Gonzaga Bulletin.

According to a report from the American Association of University Professors, the university's board of curators did not give Click due process, and she has said she'll will consider her legal options. However, she has not yet filed a lawsuit against her former employer.

"She was very transparent and clear about some of the events at Missouri, so there was no surprise or anything,” said recently hired Communication Studies Department Chair Jonathan Rossing, who was on the search committee. “After the national search and the screens took place, she emerged as the top candidate based on her record of teaching, scholarship."

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