Nicholas Alozie is a professor of public policy and founding head of the social science faculty group on the Polytechnic campus of Arizona State University. After teaching at Iowa State University, he joined the faculty at Arizona State University in 1991 as an assistant professor of public affairs and rose through the ranks in the School of Public Affairs on the Tempe campus, reaching the rank of full professor in 2001. He was recruited to the Polytechnic campus in 2005 to start a division of social science.
In 2014, Dr. Alozie claims he was passed over for promotion as dean of the College of Letters and Sciences due to the fact that he criticized the university’s hiring process and record on faculty diversity during his initial interview. He was not granted a second interview and subsequently filed a lawsuit in federal court. “My (court) challenge was a challenge to the system of exclusion, a system that has systematically excluded people that look like me from top management at ASU for a very, very long time,” Dr. Alozie said.
Recently a jury awarded Dr. Alozie $375,000, agreeing that the university unlawfully retaliated against the professor for stating his view.
The university has stated that there were other reasons why Dr. Alozie was not hired as dean and has filed a motion to overturn the verdict. In a statement, the university said that “the sentiments Dr. Alozie shared at his interview regarding the importance of efforts to increase institutional diversity are ones that the university agrees with, and his statements about diversity efforts were not the basis for the decision about his application for the dean position.”
Dr. Alozie holds a bachelor’s degree in political science and a master of public administration degree from Texas Southern University in Houston. He earned a master’s degree and a Ph.D. in political economy from the University of Texas at Dallas.