The former provost and vice-president academic of the University of Saskatchewan is returning to campus as a professor.

Brett Fairbairn will now be teaching at the Johnson-Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy. Fairbairn resigned from his position last month in the wake of a tenure scandal at the university.

Robert Buckingham, the head of the university's School of Public Health, was fired as both the school's executive director and as a tenured professor after publicly speaking out against university cost-cutting plan TransformUs.

While the decision was quickly reversed, the decision to fire a tenured professor for speaking out against university policy was widely condemned.

Fairbairn wrote the letter dismissing Buckingham and, at the time, wrote that stepping down was "the best contribution I can now offer [the university] under present circumstances."

According to the School of Public Policy, Fairbairn's research focuses on co-operatives in the new economy, and the governance of non-profit enterprises.