I'm no HR manager but, wouldn't you review an applicant's résumé before you offered her the position? Prof. O'Brien's CV is here. It contains more than a few hints. Turns out the cited scholarship is a bit too bleeding-edge for Marquette, which is understandable.
On the other hand Seattle University, where Prof. O'Brien has been ensconced for 15 years, is a private Jesuit institution as well.
Maybe there was another schism. Or is about to be.
On teh web: Vulgar, godless hordes swarm John McAdams's blog.
At least one faculty member believes it was placating donors that drove the university's reconsideration. McAdams is doubtless relieved Marquette rescinded its offer to the "leftist lesbian."