Ed­u­ca­tor fired over protest con­duct hired by Gon­zaga

The Daily Herald - - LOCAL NEWS - By Jim Suhr

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A Uni­ver­sity of Mis­souri as­sis­tant com­mu­ni­ca­tions pro­fes­sor fired af­ter in­ter­fer­ing with jour­nal­ists and po­lice dur­ing stu­dent protests nearly a year ago has a new job with a uni­ver­sity in Spokane.

Melissa Click, whose pro­file now ap­pears on Gon­zaga Uni­ver­sity’s web­site, has been hired to a one-year lec­turer job in the un­der­grad­u­ate com­mu­ni­ca­tion stud­ies de­part­ment at the pri­vate Catholic school.

Click’s fir­ing by Mis­souri in Fe­bru­ary fol­lowed run-ins with po­lice dur­ing Oc­to­ber 2015 protests in Columbia and with two stu­dent jour­nal­ists weeks later on the cam­pus, in­clud­ing a video­taped con­fronta­tion in which she called for “some mus­cle” to re­move a stu­dent videog­ra­pher from the protest area.

That video went vi­ral, and more than 100 Mis­souri law­mak­ers, mostly Repub­li­can, called for her ouster. Click later said she re­gret­ted her ac­tions but in­sisted her fir­ing was un­fair.

Elis­a­beth Mer­mann-Jozwiak, dean of Gon­zaga’s Col­lege of Arts and Sciences, said in a state­ment to Mis­souri media out­lets that Gon­zaga of­fi­cials were aware of Click’s re­cent past but, af­ter a na­tional search, deemed her “the most qual­i­fied and ex­pe­ri­enced can­di­date for the po­si­tion.”

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