Sunday, February 27

A VOTE FOR HIS TENURE SHOULD HAVE BEEN TENUOUS AT BEST



Betsy Newmark of Betsy's Page posts on the incomprehensibly dumb decision at the University of Colorado that granted tenure to Ward Churchill by quoting UC's professor of law Paul Campos to underscore what she terms the "perfect hypocrisy surrounding the whole Ward Churchill fiasco." The erstwhile "part Cherokee Indian" professor was granted tenure in April, 1991, by CU regents without the kind of "rigorous review" process that normally attends such recommendations and approvals.

What Betsy didn't mention in her post was that Ward Churchill's transgressions (i.e., the ongoing accusations of lying about his Indian ethnicity, plagiarizing academic publications, and mounting suspicions surrounding his artwork) may result in a big payday for this "Dr." who never earned a doctorate. Bad behavior apparently is a new economic model in some academic circles!