The Christian college professor who was fired by Charleston Southern University in May after his image ended up on a beer can is moving on to the College of Charleston.
Paul Roof has been hired as an adjunct professor with the college's Department of Sociology and Anthropology. Michael Haskins, executive vice president of marketing and communications at the college, confirmed the hiring Friday. Haskins said a contract was issued for Roof at the request of the chair of the department. He will teach five courses in the fall.
Roof previously taught at the College of Charleston as a visiting professor from 2005 to 2008 before accepting a position at Charleston Southern University in 2008 as an associate professor in sociology, according to Roof's Facebook page.
Roof has said he was fired from his position at the private Christian university after he put an image of his bearded face that was used on a Holy City Brewing beer can on his Facebook page.
The image was shot by photographer Greg Anderson of Las Vegas at the 2013 Beard and Moustache National Championships in New Orleans. Roof founded the Holy City Beard & Moustache Society, and Holy City Brewing has been a sponsor. Roof has said he does not own the image and didn't give approval to use the image on the can.
Charleston Southern has declined to say specifically why Roof was let go, but in a statement last month insisted his departure had nothing to do with facial hair or the consumption of beer.
Roof did not return a phone call Friday requesting comment on his new job. In a public Facebook post on June 6, Roof expressed his gratitude for the support he had received in the week after his firing.
"I am ready to move on the next adventure and I am excited about what the future has in store," he wrote.
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