Tennessee State University Drops Charges Against Leader of Its Faculty Senate

davisLast August, Jane Davis, associate professor of literature and chair of the faculty senate at Tennessee State University in Nashville, was arrested by campus police. She was taken into custody in handcuffs for disorderly conduct during a meeting between members of the faculty senate and the university administration. The controversy began when Dr. Davis alleged that some students’ grades had been illegally changed.

At the time of Dr. Davis’ arrest, the university issued a statement which read, “Dr. Jane Davis, faculty member and chairperson of the Faculty Senate, was arrested by campus police for disruptive behavior and verbally assaulting the President after continually being advised to remain calm. After several attempts were made by the President to calm Dr. Davis, she was asked to leave the room, which she refused to do, and continued being disruptive and confrontational.”

Now all charges against Dr. Davis have been dropped.

Dr. Davis is a highly respected scholar of African American literature with a Ph.D. from Stanford University. She is the author of The White Image in the Black Mind: A Study of African American Literature (Praeger, 2000).

Related Articles

Leave a Reply

Get the JBHE Weekly Bulletin

Receive our weekly email newsletter delivered to your inbox

Latest News

Two Black Scholars Appointed to Faculty Positions

The new faculty are Esther Jones at Brown University and Dagmawi Woubshet at the University of Pennsylvania.

Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision is Established at Bowie State University

"The new program will help to increase the number of counselor educators within the counseling field and the number of competent Black counselor educators," says Dr. Otis Williams, chair of the Bowie State University department of counseling and psychological studies.

Elizabeth City State University Partners With the University of Tennessee Health Science Center to Increase Representation of Black Graduate...

"We are excited by this partnership with UT Health Science Center and the opportunities this brings to our students who wish to pursue advanced degrees," said Kuldeep Rawat, dean of the Elizabeth City State University School of Science, Health and Technology.

Kimberly White-Smith Honored for Outstanding Contributions to Teacher Education

“Through her leadership and scholarship, Dr. White-Smith inspires a new generation of teachers to serve students and approach their work with equity, compassion, and respect,” said Gail F. Baker, provost and senior vice president at the University of San Diego. 

Featured Jobs