Tell Linfield University: Due Process Must Be Defended!

Posted by  AAUP Oregon   in       May 3, 2021     1273 Views     6 Comments  

Last week, Linfield University fired Dr. Daniel Pollack-Pelzner, a tenured, full professor in the English Department, without due process and in violation of Linfield University’s own Faculty Handbook. 

Dr. Pollack-Pelzner was fired after publicly standing up for transparency from Linfield University’s Board of Trustees and upper administration. His persistent advocacy on behalf of students and faculty who have made sexual misconduct allegations against the Board, recent allegations of anti-Semitism among Linfield leadership, and willingness to stand up to the upper reaches of Linfield administration have made him a target of retaliation.

This is an egregious assault on tenure, academic freedom, and the due process afforded to all faculty. The actions taken by Linfield University leadership have threatened the reputation and financial footing of the institution. University leaders have failed to foster a climate of accountability, transparency, and most importantly, trust.

AAUP Oregon is asking all members to sign and share this letter to the Board of Trustees, President, and Provost of Linfield University demanding that they immediately reinstate Dr. Pollack-Pelzner to his position and begin the process of rebuilding trust with the faculty, students, and community of Linfield University.

We cannot stand by as these crucial pillars of our profession are eroded. Stand up and let administrators know that due process and academic freedom must be protected!

In Solidarity,

Michael Dreiling

President, AAUP Oregon


The Oregon State Conference of the American Association of University Professors (AAUP Oregon) is the state-level organization of the AAUP. The Conference’s mission is to advance the collective interests of affiliated AAUP Collective Bargaining and Advocacy chapters, the principles and practices of the American Association of University Professors (AAUP), and the overall interests of higher education faculty in Oregon through the promotion of excellence in higher education as an investment in Oregon’s future.


  1.   May 7, 2021, 6:29 am

    Due process was not given.

  2.   May 4, 2021, 9:01 am

    It was shocking to hear of Dr. Pollack-Pelzner’s firing by Linfield. Thi is an outrageous action, and all who support academic freedom should speak out against it. – Dr. Pranav Jani, Associate Professor, The Ohio State University

  3.   May 3, 2021, 6:22 pm

    Reinstate him now.

  4.   May 3, 2021, 6:11 pm

    I support dur process and academic freedom

  5.   May 3, 2021, 3:51 pm

    What’s happening at Linfield is an outrage that should concern anyone with a commitment to free speech, faculty governance and academic freedom. Reinstate Prof. Daniel Pollack-Pelner, and see that every administrator and trustee who are complicit in this sorry mess steps down!

  6.   May 3, 2021, 3:42 pm

    The firing of Professor Daniel Pollack-Pellzer is a reminder to all of us in these precarious times that faculty must be all the more vigilant. This firing, without cause, is a badge of shame upon the University. We all must do everything we can to make sure that he is re-instated in his job and that the other outspoken professors are not put in the same position as him.

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