Thursday, February 17

WARD CHURCHILL: THE GIFT OF TENURE KEEPS ON GIVING

Ken Masugi, Director of the Center For Local Goverrnment, The Claremont Institute, reveals the suspect process at the University of Colorado that elevated Ward Churchill to a tenured professorship, as well as the "collapse of academic standards" his hiring signified.

As Masugi pointedly asks:

Why did the trustees rubber stamp his appointment? Insofar as these are political appointments to a public university, why shouldn't political responsibility be assessed?

And, as he correctly concludes:

Such short-cuts to tenure may be appropriate for senior faculty tenured at another institution but not for someone of Churchill's standing.

My prediction: expect to see Ward Churchill seated next to former president Jimmy Carter at the DNC's 2008 convention. Ward will occupy the seat of honor that Michael Moore no longer fits in.