December 19, 2015
Dr. Landa organizes a group of Oberlin alumni to write an open letter that addresses anti-Semitism on Oberlin’s campus. Because she regards him as her mentor, she informs Dr. O’Flahavan about the letter and expresses concern that only Jewish alumni seem interested.
December 20, 2015
Dr. O’Flahavan responds in an email, and characterizes anti-Semitism as an issue “that you care about” and says that others “may not care about it.”
February 19, 2016
Dr. Landa informs Dr. O’Flahavan in an email about Oberlin Professor Joy Karega’s online anti-Semitic posts and expresses concern about how to respond.
February 20, 2016
Dr. O’Flahavan criticizes her efforts, writing “Have you done the work of de-centering yourself in this group… Let the press do the digging.”
February 22, 2016
Dr. Landa shows Joy Karega’s anti-Semitic posts to Dr. O’Flahavan.
February 22, 2016
Dr. O’Flahavan states that Joy Karega is free to say what she chooses.
Dr. Landa joins the Academic Engagement Network (AEN). She informs Dr. O’Flahavan in an email that her anti-BDS work has transitioned from leading alumni efforts to joining faculty efforts.
April 18, 2016
With prior approval, Dr. Landa travels to Israel for ten days to celebrate Passover. In compliance with university policy, she teaches classes over Skype with her teaching assistants in attendance.
April 22, 2016
Dr. Hultgren sends an email to Dr. Landa, stating: “This truly is quite out of bounds of acceptability with regard to campus policy. It puts you in a very compromised position with regard to your responsibilities here.”
April 29, 2016
Dr. Landa informs Dr. O’Flahavan that she had received a grant from the Academic Engagement Network to create a partnership with the Levinsky College of Education in Israel.
May 5, 2016
Dr. O’Flahavan removes Dr. Landa from the literacy course she had helped to create and taught for over ten years. This removal prevented Dr. Landa from establishing the partnership with the Levinsky College/doing her research/maintaining her role in the Elementary Education Program.
June 9, 2016
Dr. O’Flahavan informs Dr. Landa that no courses in the elementary education program are available. He subsequently assigns several courses to Doctoral students to teach, violating a university policy regarding the “pecking order” for course assignments.
Dr. Landa requests that she be permitted to create new course syllabi to be counted as “Department Service,” as she prepares to apply for a promotion.
Dr. O’Flahavan denies Dr. Landa’s request. Dr. O’Flahavan appoints Dr. Margaret Peterson to teach the course from which Dr. Landa was removed. Dr. Peterson had been on the faculty for three years; Dr. Landa for ten. Dr. Peterson had been Dr. Landa’s teaching assistant a few years prior.
Dr. Landa seeks the support of the University Ombuds Officer, who suggests that Dr. Landa be permitted to return to the elementary education faculty in an auxiliary capacity.
Dr. Hultgren rejects the suggestion of the Ombuds Officer.
Dr. Landa informs Dr. O’Flahavan that her uncle has died and that she needs to sit Shiva. As she faces a publication deadline, she requests Dr. O’Flahavan’s help editing her paper that contains her research in Israel. (Despite his refusal to present the paper back in April 2016, Dr. Landa has left him as the second author.)
Dr. O’Flahavan refuses to help Dr. Landa and instructs her to remove his name from the paper.
January 9, 2017
Dr. Landa requests access to Dr. O’Flahavan’s class so that she can collect data and continue her research with her colleagues in Israel.
January 9, 2017
Dr. O’Flahavan replies in an email, “You are not welcome during any class sessions or any on-site team learning meetings, or PDS sessions.”
Dr. Landa files a Faculty Grievance against Dr. O’Flahavan and Dr. Hultgren. She hires an attorney to represent her case.
March 20, 2017
UMD’s Vice President for International Affairs, Dr. Ross Lewin, sends a letter of commendation about Dr. Landa to Dr. Hultgren and Dr. O’Flahavan.
March 20, 2017
Dr. Landa is never informed by Dr. Hultgren or Dr. O’Flahavan about the letter of commendation.
Dr. O’Flahavan calls a meeting, which Dr. Landa attends. She notes that Dr. O’Flahavan has included her original work in a document and requests that he cite her work appropriately.
Dr. O’Flahavan responds, “the list of citations and citation practices is not the focus of the MSDE group at this stage of the process.”
Dr. Landa informs him that she will make the appropriate citation to credit her work and that she will notify the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) about the correction. Dr. O’Flahavan replies, “Very good.”
On the first night of Passover, Dr. Hultgren sends Dr. Landa an email that references Dr. Landa’s communication with MSDE, stating, “Please refrain from such a lack of respect for appropriate professional boundaries in the future.”
April 12, 2017
Dr. Landa’s attorney sends a “cease and desist” email to Dean Wiseman, noting the hostile work environment that Dr. Landa is experiencing.
The Dean does not respond to the attorney’s email.
The Grievance Hearings begin.
In their evidence to the Grievance Board, Dr. Hultgren and Dr. O’Flahavan discuss Dr. Landa’s anti-BDS work at Oberlin, and include newspaper articles in which Dr. Landa is quoted.
June 5, 2017
The Grievance Board rules that although it was within Dr. Hultgren’s right to reassign Dr. Landa, they hope Dr. Landa will be put back on the elementary education faculty to teach and complete her research.
June 8, 2017
Dr. Hultgren sends an email to Dr. Landa in Israel, informing her that her contract will not be renewed. Dr. Hultgren provides no explanation.
June 19, 2017
Dr. Landa receives an email from President Loh’s office, with an attachment dated June 9, that approves the recommendations of the Grievance Board.
June 22, 2017
Dr. Landa files a claim of discrimination and retaliation with the Office of Civil Rights and Sexual Misconduct at the University of Maryland.
July 25, 2017
The Office of Civil Rights begins its investigation.
Dr. Landa is referred to attorney Ari Wilkenfeld by the Jewish Community Relations Council (JCRC) and he begins to represent her. The JCRC creates a petition demanding a thorough investigation.
The UMD Office of Civil Rights determines that no discrimination or retaliation had occurred. Their report shows that the investigator contacted only two of Dr. Landa’s eight witnesses.
Ari Wilkenfeld informs the University of Dr. Landa’s intent to sue and proposes a settlement to avoid a lawsuit.
UMD provides an inadequate response, which is rejected by Dr. Landa’s attorney.
Dr. Landa files a claim with the EEOC and awaits a “Right to Sue” letter.