She’s ba-a-ack: MU firebrand Melissa Click hired to teach at Gonzaga University

She’s ba-a-ack: MU firebrand Melissa Click hired to teach at Gonzaga University
Image: YouTube screen grab (via Gonzaga University)

Students should consider themselves lucky. I’m referring here to students at the University of Missouri, which gave the boot to Melissa Click last February. The firing came a month after Click, who taught communications, was charged with assault for attempting bodily to eject a student reporter from a Black Lives Matter protest.

Unfortunately for Click, her heavy-handed tactics were captured on video:

But as lucky as Mizzou students are to be rid of the redheaded firebrand, students at Gonzaga University in Spokane are unlucky because that —according to the university’s website — is where Click is headed.

It’s an interesting hire for a university that at least outwardly portrays itself as a Catholic university.

Gonzaga scene
Image: YouTube screen grab (via Gonzaga University)

As for Click, she is listed as a lecturer on the school’s faculty page, which also notes:

Click’s research interests center on popular culture texts and audiences, particularly texts and audiences disdained in mainstream culture. Her work in this area is guided by audience studies, theories of gender and sexuality, and media literacy. Recent research projects involve romance readers, the impact of social media in fans’ relationship with celebrities, masculinity and male fans, and the inevitable changes fans experience in their fandom over time.

Sounds about right for a social justice warrior like Click.

Meantime, Click may not be done with Mizzou. According to The Kansas City Star, Click may be planning to sue the university for wrongful termination. “A report released by the American Association of University Professors found that the board of curators erred by not giving Click due process.”

Which is ironic for someone who uses strong-arm tactics to silence those whose views she doesn’t share.

Ben Bowles

Ben Bowles

Ben Bowles is a freelance writer.


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