Letter of Support for Abbate from Marquette Dept Chairs


The heads of several departments in Marquette University’s Klingler College of Arts and Sciences met about the Abbate case and have written a letter to their administration, below, which they invite other members of the Marquette University community to sign by posting their names in the comments. (Note: such “signings” will be the only comments allowed on this post.)


The following department chairs in the Klingler College of Arts and Sciences deplore the recent treatment of a Philosophy graduate student by Political Science Professor John McAdams on his Marquette Warrior blog.  We support Ms. Abbate and deeply regret that she has experienced harassment and intimidation as a direct result of Prof. McAdams’s actions.

Prof. McAdams’s actions—which have been reported in local and national media outlets—have harmed the personal reputation of a young scholar as well as the academic reputation of Marquette University. They have negatively affected campus climate, especially as it relates to gender and sexual orientation.  And they have led members of the Marquette community to alter their behavior out of fear of becoming the subject of one of his attacks.

Perhaps worst of all, Prof. McAdams has betrayed his role as a faculty member by pitting one set of students against another, by claiming the protection of academic freedom while trying to deny it to others, and by exploiting current political issues to promote his personal agenda. This is clearly in violation of this passage from the Academic Freedom section of Marquette’s Faculty Handbook:

“The college or university teacher is a citizen, a member of a learned profession, and an officer of an educational institution. When he/she speaks or writes as a citizen, he/she should be free from institutional censorship or discipline, but his/her special position in the civil community imposes special obligations. As a man/woman of learning and an educational officer, he/she should remember that the public may judge his/her profession and institution by his/her utterances. Hence, he/she should at all times be accurate, should exercise appropriate restraint, should show respect for the opinions of others, and should make every effort to indicate that he/she is not an institutional spokesperson.”

Prof. McAdams has ignored both the spirit and the letter of this statement and has failed to meet the standards we aspire to as faculty, as well as the broader ethical principles that guide Marquette’s mission as a Jesuit, Catholic institution.

Other members of the Marquette University community are invited to join us by “signing” this letter in the comment section.

Lowell Barrington, Political Science
Nancy Snow, Philosophy
James Marten, History
Jane Peterson, Social and Cultural Sciences
Krista Ratcliffe, English
John Grych, Psychology
Anne Pasero, Foreign Languages and Literatures
Robert Masson, Theology​

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Kimberly Engels
Kimberly Engels
6 years ago

Kimberly S. Engels
Marquette University
P.h. D. Candidate/Lecturer
Department of PhilosophyReport

James South
James South
6 years ago

James South
Assoc. Prof. of Philosophy
Marquette UniversityReport

Jessica Adkins
Jessica Adkins
6 years ago

Jessica Adkins
Marquette University, BA ’11, MA ’14Report

Susanne Foster
Susanne Foster
6 years ago

Susanne Foster
Associate Professor of Philosophy
Marquette UniversityReport

Nicholas Zettel
Nicholas Zettel
6 years ago

Nicholas Zettel
Marquette University
Arts & Sciences ’06, ’08Report

Michael Monahan
Michael Monahan
6 years ago

Dr. Michael J. Monahan
Associate Professor
Philosophy Department
Marquette UniversityReport

Greg Trotter
Greg Trotter
6 years ago

Gregory Trotter
Ph.D. Student
Philosophy Department
Marquette UniversityReport

Shaun Miller
6 years ago

Shaun Miller
Ph. D. Student/Lecturer
Philosophy Department
Marquette UniversityReport

Melissa Shew
Melissa Shew
6 years ago

Dr. Melissa Shew
Former VAP in Philosophy at Marquette (2007-2012)Report

Owen Goldin
Owen Goldin
6 years ago

Owen Goldin
Department of Philosophy
Marquette UniversityReport

Jennifer Soerensen
Jennifer Soerensen
6 years ago

Jennifer Soerensen
PhD student/Lecturer
Philosophy Department
Marquette UniversityReport

Dana Fritz
Dana Fritz
6 years ago

Dana Fritz
PhD Student/Teaching Assistant
Philosophy Department
Marquette UniversityReport

Andrew Vink
Andrew Vink
6 years ago

Andrew T. Vink
MA History of Philosophy ’12
MA Systematic Theology ’15
Marquette UniversityReport

Sameena Mulla
Sameena Mulla
6 years ago

Assist Professor
Social and Cultural Sciences
Marquette UniversityReport

Stephen Franzoi
Stephen Franzoi
6 years ago

Isn’t it time that our dean, our provost, and our president live up to their leadership positions and adequately address this latest incident, which is simply the most recent example of this faculty member’s deeply problematic conduct toward both students and fellow faculty members on Marquette’s campus?Report

Ed de St. Aubin
Ed de St. Aubin
6 years ago

Ed de St. Aubin
Associate Professor and
Assistant Chair, Psychology
Marquette UniversityReport

Traci Phillipson
Traci Phillipson
6 years ago

Traci Phillipson
PhD candidate, Philosophy
Marquette UniversityReport

Margaret Nettesheim Hoffmann
Margaret Nettesheim Hoffmann
6 years ago

Margaret Nettesheim Hoffmann
Ph.D Student/Teaching Assistant
Department of History
Marquette University
Master of Arts, Marquette, 2013Report

Michele Weber
Michele Weber
6 years ago

Michele Weber
PhD Student/ Teaching Assistant
History Department
Marquette UniversityReport

Thomas Bouril
Thomas Bouril
6 years ago

Thomas Bouril
Masters Student (2016) / Teaching Assistant
Department of History
Marquette UniversityReport

Heather Hlavka
Heather Hlavka
6 years ago

Heather Hlavka
Assistant Professor
Social and Cultural SciencesReport

Mike McCarthy
Mike McCarthy
6 years ago

Michael McCarthy
Assistant Professor of Sociology, Dept of Social and Cultural Sciences
Marquette UniversityReport

Margaret Steele
Margaret Steele
6 years ago

PhD candidate
Marquette University Philosophy DepartmentReport

Debra Oswald
Debra Oswald
6 years ago

Debra Oswald
Associate Professor, Psychology
Marquette UniversityReport

Astrida Kaugars
Astrida Kaugars
6 years ago

Astrida Kaugars
Associate Professor, Psychology
Marquette UniversityReport

Brian Kenna
Brian Kenna
6 years ago

Brian Kenna
Ph.D. Candidate, English
Marquette UniversityReport

Andrea Shultice
Andrea Shultice
6 years ago

Andrea Shultice
MA in Global History, Marquette University 2014
TA for History Department from 2012-2014Report

Edward Michael Gomeau
Edward Michael Gomeau
6 years ago

PhD candidate and instructor, philosophy
Marquette University (2009-2014)Report

Ashley Meddaugh
Ashley Meddaugh
6 years ago

Ashley Meddaugh
Masters Student/Teaching Assistant
History Department
Marquette UniversityReport

Stephen Saunders
6 years ago

Stephen M. Saunders, Ph.D.
Professor and Director of Clinical Training
Department of Psychology
Marquette UniversityReport

Robert Whitaker
Robert Whitaker
6 years ago

PhD Student, Philosophy
Marquette UniversityReport

Brandon Buck
Brandon Buck
6 years ago

Marquette ’12
Doctoral Fellow, Philosophy & Education
Teachers College, Columbia UniversityReport

Sharon Chubbuck
Sharon Chubbuck
6 years ago

Sharon Chubbuck
Associate Professor and Director of Graduate Studies
Educational Policy and Leadership
College of Education
Marquette UniversityReport

Andrew Mountin
Andrew Mountin
6 years ago

Andrew Mountin
Marquette ’11
MA in Global History, 2015
History Department
Marquette UniversityReport

Aaron Hyams
Aaron Hyams
6 years ago

Aaron Hyams
PH.d. Candidate/TA
History DepartmentReport

Michael Wierzbicki, Ph.D.
Michael Wierzbicki, Ph.D.
6 years ago

Michael Wierzbicki
Associate Professor of Psychology
Marquette UniversityReport

Bri Erhard
Bri Erhard
6 years ago

Briana Erhard
Social Welfare & Justice/Peace Studies
Marquette University ‘15Report

Yoon Choi
Yoon Choi
6 years ago

Philosophy Department
Marquette UniversityReport

Molly Mahony
Molly Mahony
6 years ago

Daughter MU grad (Engineering, 1947), Mom of MU grad (English, 2009)Report

John D. Jones, Ph.D.
John D. Jones, Ph.D.
6 years ago

Professor
Philosophy Department
Marquette UniversityReport

Heather Mohr
Heather Mohr
6 years ago

Heather R. Mohr
Masters Student, (2015)
Teaching Assistant
Department of History
Marquette UniversityReport

Anne Samata
Anne Samata
6 years ago

Anne Samata
M.A. Student, Philosophy
Marquette UniversityReport

Matthew Peters
Matthew Peters
6 years ago

PhD. Candidate, Philosophy
Lecturer
Marquette UniversityReport

Linda Mohr
Linda Mohr
6 years ago

Linda L Mohr
Granddaughter of MU Medical School Alum (1927)
Daughter of MU Alumni(1958)and MU Medical School (1962)
Mother of MU Masters Student/Teaching Assistant Department of History (2015)Report

Amelia Zurcher
Amelia Zurcher
6 years ago

Associate Professor, Department of English
Director, University Honors ProgramReport

Terence P. Kane
Terence P. Kane
6 years ago

Marquette ’86Report

Gretchen Niswonger
Gretchen Niswonger
6 years ago

Gretchen Niswonger
MA, Philosophy
Marquette University
2009Report

Claire Marshall
Claire Marshall
6 years ago

Claire Marshall
Masters Student (2015)
Teaching Assistant
History Department
Marquette UniversityReport

Mary Anne Siderits (Psychology) email: maryanne.siderits@mu.edu
Mary Anne Siderits (Psychology) email: [email protected]
6 years ago

It is a matter of great concern that not only Prof.McAdams, but also an assortment of journalists, chose to dramatize their opposition to what is a currently controversial question at the national level through the use of a second hand report on the activities of a graduate student instructor. No matter what one’s stand on this issue, one should realize that it is a highly sensitive one (as Ms. Abbate did, although rather clumsily, in her assumption that opposition to gay marriange is necessarily the equivalent of harassment). Sensitive issues should be treated with care. (This does not mean that time for their treatment must be allowed in an already crowded academic course.)
What is most shocking is that neither Prof. McAdams nor the journalists seemed to realize that academic freedom and freedom of the press each depend for their merit on the transmission of properly informed opinion (which would call for more thorough investigation of the incident than can be supplied by an irate student who attempts to use a tape without permission). Academic freedom certainly cannot be a cloak for misrepresentation, defamation, and bullying. In view of its stated values, the University must not be publicly silent ont this issue.Report

Lawrence B. Wheeler
Lawrence B. Wheeler

I appreciate your perspective and hope that you and others on the faculty are successful in your efforts to restore a truly liberal arts culture in a faithful Catholic university.Report

Katie Tarara
Katie Tarara
6 years ago

Administrative Assistant
MU Dept. of Foreign Languages & LiteraturesReport

Donna Engelmann
Donna Engelmann
6 years ago

Donna Engelmann
Professor and Chair, Philosophy
Alverno College, Milwaukee, WI
Marquette University Philosophy PhD 1993Report

Josh Del Colle
Josh Del Colle
6 years ago

Josh Del Colle
BA Anthropology
Marquette University
Arts and Sciences 14′Report

William Clark Wolf
William Clark Wolf
6 years ago

William Clark Wolf
PhD Student
Department of Philosophy
Marquette UniversityReport

Anthony Lozito
Anthony Lozito
6 years ago

Anthony Lozito
M.A. Student, Philosophy
Marquette UniversityReport

Chris Kramer
Chris Kramer
6 years ago

PhD candidate Philosophy
Marquette UniversityReport

Agust Magnusson
Agust Magnusson
6 years ago

PhD candidate Philosophy
Marquette UniversityReport

Catlyn Origitano
Catlyn Origitano
6 years ago

PhD Candidate Philosophy
Marquette UniversityReport

Daniel Adsett
Daniel Adsett
6 years ago

Ph.D. Student/Lecturer
Philosophy Department
Marquette UniversityReport

Angelique Harris
Angelique Harris
6 years ago

Department of Social and Cultural Sciences
Marquette UniversityReport

Celeste Harvey
Celeste Harvey
6 years ago

Ph.D. candidate
Philosophy Department
Marquette UniversityReport

Marisola Xhelili
Marisola Xhelili
6 years ago

PhD Candidate and Instructor
Philosophy Department
Marquette UniversityReport

Hillary
Hillary
6 years ago

Current Student, ’17
Sociology Major
Marquette University

Student in Professor Abbate’s class section.Report

Andy Alexis-Baker
Andy Alexis-Baker
6 years ago

Phd candidate, Theology
Marquette UniversityReport

Tim Brown
Tim Brown
6 years ago

MA International Affairs, Marquette University 2012Report

Janette (Hodge) Blandford
Janette (Hodge) Blandford
6 years ago

Philosophy PhD, Marquette University, ’93Report

Anthony V. Staffaroni
Anthony V. Staffaroni
6 years ago

Marquette University
Arts & Sciences BA, Political Science ’95Report

Jennifer Kiefer Fenton
Jennifer Kiefer Fenton
6 years ago

Marquette University
Doctoral Candidate, PhilosophyReport