Chemistry Prof Declines UNC Job Offer Citing School’s Refusal To Give ‘1619 Project’ Author Tenure

Chemistry Prof Declines UNC Job Offer Citing School’s Refusal To Give ‘1619 Project’ Author Tenure


A chemistry professor turned down a job at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC) citing the school’s refusal to give “1619 Project” author Nikole Hannah-Jones tenure. 

According to the Huffington Post, Lisa Jones, a chemist and professor at the University of Maryland, withdrew her candidacy for a job at UNC saying that she couldn’t look “past UNC’s treatment of Hannah-Jones when considering whether to join its faculty.” 

“The news this week that Nikole Hannah-Jones was denied tenure was very disheartening,” Jones said. “It does not seem in line with a school that says it is interested in diversity. Although I know this decision may not reflect the view of the school’s faculty, I will say that I cannot see myself accepting a position at a university where this decision stands. I appreciate all of the effort you have put into trying to recruit me but for me, this is hard to overlook.” 

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