Sheila Addison, Burlesque Professor: Striptease 'Impacts Her Teaching,' University Says

At Hubba Hubba Revue, Sheila Addison always went by her stage name — professor shimmy — to keep her burlesque-performing life separate from her day job as a college professor.

Now, if you Google Sheila M. Addison, the top hits aren't about her credentials as a college professor or a respected family counselor. Rather, the most popular result is a story that's become much more intriguing than any sexy, irreverent onstage act she might have done.

Last week, SF Weekly reported Addison's unusual predicament; she filed a lawsuit against her former employer John F. Kennedy University for firing her after Addison's creative hobby as a burlesque performer was discovered.

In a letter sent to Addison on June 21, 2010, the university made their position very clear: Addison was being terminated for participating in bawdy burlesque performances at the Hubba Hubba Revue in San Francisco.

“This conduct is in violation of your contract, which states that the core faculty member shall not engage in acts … that would tend to bring public disrespect, contempt, or ridicule on the university,” according to the termination letter.

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