Months ago I reported here that Robert David "KC" Johnson faced the very real possibility of being denied tenure at Brooklyn College--in spite of having the best record of publication, and being the most popular teacher, in his department. At issue were concerns over his "collegiality," stemming from his participation on a search committee. Apparently he took issue with his chairs demand that the department hire (in the chairs own words) "some women we can live with, who are not whiners from the word go or who need therapy as much as they need a job."
This article from the latest issue of the Chronicle of Higher Education recounts the whole story. Unfortunately its for subscribers only.
The good news is that Johnson won his battle, thanks in part to the enormous press and internet campaign that was waged in his behalf. This is good news for the historical profession. While Johnson is no conservative, he is an incredibly talented and serious historian; his victory is a triumph for all who believe that educators must be held to high standards of both teaching and scholarship.