- Associated Press - Thursday, May 5, 2016

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - A well-known professor of environmental humanities at the University of Utah has resigned over the administration’s demands that she teach on campus instead of in the state’s deserts.

The Salt Lake Tribune reports (http://bit.ly/21A2Avh ) that Terry Tempest Williams announced last week that she is leaving the university’s Environmental Humanities program that she founded.

Williams said in an email to current and former students that she decided to leave after six weeks of contract negotiations in which she says university administrators pressured her to accept a phased retirement and pay concession. After a deal was reached, she says administrators told her that students to deserts in southern Utah and Wyoming’s Tetons did not comply with university guidelines and exposed the school to liability.

University officials deny they suggested Williams take an early retirement.

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Information from: The Salt Lake Tribune, http://www.sltrib.com

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