- Rationale


"We expect our professors to criticize each other, to debate, to question authority...the actions themselves fall under the realm of educational employment in a university setting...the actions themselves, the actions of criticizing, debating, and questioning authority do serve a legitimate purpose...". [Zeke Wiedenfeld, Court Commissioner, Walworth County Circuit Court]

My name is Chris Henige. I have taught art history at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater since 2001.

The purpose of this site is to provide all of the documentation associated with my experiences at the university starting in 2012 and carrying through to the present day. I will be starting with the current and moving backward through time, and more materials will continue to appear on this site over time.

The documents, audio and commentary contained in this site are all a matter of public record.

- Background

Exhibit 60 - Apr 26, 2012 - Background

Administrative Vitae

I arrived at the UW-Whitewater in 2001, and was tenured in 2007. I served as Assistant Chair during the 2007-2008 academic year, during which I coordinated and drafted the self-study for our original accreditation. I served as Chair from 2008-2011, during which I drafted Audit and Review documentation, annual reports, scheduled courses, and maintained statistical data for annual reports to the accrediting body. I am very familiar with the programs, and the needs of the students in them. I have also won teaching awards, an award for contributions to general education, and served on, and as chair of, the General Education Review Committee, and served on the University, College, and Department Curriculum Committees, being chair of the last. I have also served on the Faculty Senate.

Exhibit 1 - Apr 27, 2012 - Background

Email to Messer arguing against summer offerings of ARTHIST 203

This is the first of many emails on this subject. It has been my argument that any art history offerings in the summer must not siphon students from Fall and Spring offerings, and that a better alternative would be courses specifically designed for summer offering, meaning courses of a more general nature and serving a General Education function. There is already a course ARTHIST 111 - Art Appreciation on the books which would be better suited because it is not a requirement for art majors or minors. The primary consideration for summer courses should be curricular.

Exhibit 2 - Apr 27, 2012 - Background

Email to Wilk arguing against summer offerings of ARTHIST 203

The same case is made to the instructor proposing to offer the course.

Exhibit 58 - Oct 29, 2012 - Background

Typical communication regarding art history course offerings

This is one of a dozen similar attempts on my part to convince my colleagues that these issues need to be addressed, because our students are not being served. I received a response from Dr. Wehmeier, but have never received anything from Dr. Wilk.

Exhibit 59 - Dec 19, 2012 - Background

Appeal to the Dean for intervention

Dean McPhail did not at any time acknowledge receipt of this email. His later comment on it was that "chairs can do whatever they want as long as it's not illegal, immoral or unethical". At a later hearing, he asked "What evidence is that there that the students are being damaged?", to which I replied "The evidence is in the email I sent that you never responded to."

- Contents


As You Read
Things to consider...

The Long Summary
A 28-page document summarizing the events of the last several years

All My Communications
(Those attached to complaints)

Initial "Complaint"
Filed May 8, 2013

Second Complaint
Filed December 30, 2013

Third Complaints
Filed September 5 and 15, 2014

First Kangaroo Court
December 29, 2014 to June 12, 2015

Temporary Restraining Order
January 17, 2015

Fourth Complaint
Filed January 26, 2015

Second Kangaroo Court
October 2, 2015 to January 4, 2016

More to come in between...

Appeal to the Regents
Filed July 29, 2016

Sixth Complaint
Filed September 4, 2016

Seventh Complaint (Seeking Dismissal for Cause)
Filed February 21, 2017

Third Kangaroo Court (Seeking Dismissal for Cause)
February 21, 2017 to present

Dismissal Hearing Video
September 8, 2017

Hearing Aftermath
After September 8, 2017

Proceedings with the Regents
October 27, 2017 to present

Positions Taken by the UWW
From the beginning to the present

Exhibits relevant to the Hearings