Another professor from Collin College has been fired in retaliation for speaking out against President Neil Matkin's continued rejection of their First Amendment rights and their concern for safety on campus.
Michael Philips has now been fired along with Suzanne Stateler Jones, Audra Heaslip, and Lora Burnett, all in violation of their First Amendment righs. Philips first was reprimanded by Collin College for being active in a campaign to remove Confederate statues in Dallas in 2017.
More recently he has defended his fired colleagues and he has urged mask-wearing amid the COVID pandemic, though Matkin has told professors they are not allowed to mention it.
Weeks ago, he was notified that his contract would not be reviewed though he has been one of the best-regarded and most popular professors on campus for 15 years, with nothing in his background to merit any kind of penalty. Philips is another victim of Matkin and the local Republican Party to remove anyone who is not in lock-step with them and who is concerned about the COVID pandemic and who believes in free thought on campus.
We talk with Dr. Phillips about his firing and the political situation at Collin College.
Outro- The Nervebreakers "Politics"
Bio// Michael Phillips is a scholar of American race relations, Texas history, right-wing politics, and apocalyptic religions. After a seven-year journalism career, including a stint at the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, he received his Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Austin in 2002. His dissertation won the University of Texas at Austin Outstanding Dissertation Award and was published as White Metropolis: Race, Ethnicity and Religion in Dallas, 1841-2001, That book won the 2007 Texas Historical Commission’s prize for best book on Texas history.
Phillips has combined his scholarship with activism and was one of the leaders of the movement to take down Confederate monuments and rename schools named after Confederate leaders in Dallas. In 2019 he was named part of the first group of community college professors to receive a Mellon/American Council of Learned Societies Community College research fellowship for his project on the history of eugenics in the state of Texas. Phillips, and his wife and research partner Betsy Friauf, are under contract with the University of Oklahoma Press to write an upcoming book, The Strange Career of Eugenics in Texas, 1854-1940. Since 2007, he has taught at Collin College in Plano, Texas and is currently engaged in a fight over free speech and labor rights at that institution.
Yet Another History Professor Says Collin College Fired Him Over Free Speech Concerns (https://bit.ly/3Gx9GKP)
Dallas Morning News:Collin College doesn’t renew contract of historian, author who claims retaliation (https://bit.ly/3LagNMN)
G&R: Professors fired from Collin College, Retaliation in Texas (https://bit.ly/TXFiredGandR) (from Feb. 2021)
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