Melissa Click hired by Gonzaga University in Washington state
COLUMBIA - Former MU professor Melissa Click, fired after calling for "some muscle" at a student protest, has been hired by Gonzaga University in Spokane, Washington.
The school's dean of arts and sciences said of Click, "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."
Elisabeth Mermann-Jozwiak said Click will fill a one-year, tenure-track position in Gonzaga's communications studies department.
"Dr. Click was hired through an extensive national search process that revealed her to be the most qualified and experienced candidate for the position," Mermann-Jozwiak said.
Click drew national attention last fall when she tried to stop a student photographer from recording racial protests by Concerned Student 1950. Click shouted "I need some muscle over here" while confronting the photographer, creating a firestorm over First Amendment rights.
A short while later a video surfaced of Click resisting police officers trying to keep Concerned Student 1950 protesters out of a city street.
Click told KOMU 8 News in February that she had been very concerned for the safety of the protesters and now regrets her language and actions.
"Did I make mistakes? Yes. Am I very sorry for them? Yes," she said.
The conversation with KOMU 8 News came just ten days before the university announced it was terminating Click.
The Board of Curators released the following statement at that time: "The board believes that Dr. Click’s conduct was not compatible with university policies and did not meet expectations for a university faculty member. The circumstances surrounding Dr. Click’s behavior, both at a protest in October when she tried to interfere with police officers who were carrying out their duties, and at a rally in November, when she interfered with members of the media and students who were exercising their rights in a public space and called for intimidation against one of our students, we believe demands serious action."