Professor who left Illinois Christian college heads to UVA

A professor who was placed on leave at an Illinois Christian college and later agreed to part ways with the school after asserting that Christians and Muslims worship the same God is joining the faculty at the University of Virginia.

The university's Institute of Advanced Studies in Culture said Thursday in a statement Larycia Hawkins accepted a position as the Abd el-Kader Visiting Faculty Fellow. The institute says she will research relationships between religions and races.

Hawkins was teaching political science at Wheaton College when she posted her views about Muslims and Christians on Facebook and donned the headscarf worn by some Muslim women to counter what she called "vitriolic" rhetoric against Muslims.

Wheaton College announced last month that it and Hawkins reached a "confidential agreement" for her to leave.