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Melissa Click’s classes will continue being taught by guest faculty

Department Chairman Mitchell McKinney: “I haven’t gotten any specific feedback following the decision of the Board of Curators last week. But the students in the class understand that the class is continuing.”

Even before assistant communication professor Melissa Click was fired by the UM System Board of Curators last Thursday, she hadn’t taught a class since Jan. 27, when the curators suspended her pending further investigation.

Since she was suspended, her classes have been taught by volunteer faculty members from departments across campus, and that will continue for the rest of the semester, communication department Chairman Mitchell McKinney said.

According to myZou, Click is currently teaching a graduate seminar titled “Topics in Mass Communication,” which meets once per week. McKinney said he has chosen guest lecturers for each week who have expertise in the topic of discussion for the week, based on Click’s original syllabus.

McKinney said he has communicated regularly with Click’s students and told them who each week’s guest lecturer will be.

“I haven’t gotten any specific feedback following the decision of the Board of Curators last week,” McKinney said. “But the students in the class understand that the class is continuing, they know who the faculty lecturer will be each week. We didn’t start to put together a plan for the class just last week. We’ve been doing this for about two months now.”

He said none of the graduate students Click was advising are currently in the dissertation stage of their research, and they will be able to continue taking classes to complete their degree requirements.

McKinney said he is unsure of whether Click’s position will be filled in the fall, because departmental vacancies are typically discussed with the dean of the college at a later date.

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