Sexual Harassment in Academia
Sexual harassment can have devastating results for the employer, the accuser, and the assured and the employer. In 2008, the University of Iowa had two professors commit suicide after accusations of sexual harassment. These suicides are not considered connected and the cases were different. An internal investigation at a University can still have a damaging effect on the reputation of everyone.
In 1991, Anita Hill accused Clarence Thomas then a nominee to the U.S. Supreme Court of making inappropriate sexual comments to her. As a result of this many other women and men came forward with complaints against of harassment. At the University of Iowa eleven students filed sexual-harassment complaints were filed against eight professors over five years.
Professor Arthur Miller who was known for being able to tap public opinion, and an expert in conducting scientific surveys, including selecting the right people to interview and the coming up with the questions asked. Early in his career, his questions were about politics and government in the United States. At the end he moved beyond the US and research internationally, to Norway and countries of the former Soviet Union. Shortly after joining the University of Iowa in 1985 Miller established the University of Iowa Social Science Institute. It was through the Institute and his research he was able to get grants totaling around $2 million. He also was in the top 100 most-cited political scientist in the world. Mr. Miller was married and a father to two young children.
Mark Weiger a professor that according to his university biography, (JOHNSON) held degrees from the New England Conservatory of Music and the Juilliard School and had performed at Carnegie Hall. A review in The New York Times praised his “mellifluous, haunting oboe playing.” Professor Weiger had traveled the globe as an artistic ambassador for the U.S. government playing the oboe. When U of I was hit by...