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Firing casts shadow on CU diversity
Denver Post ^ | 05/07/2007 | David Harsanyi

Posted on 05/07/2007 9:17:22 AM PDT by george76

A couple of years back, the University of Colorado forged a nonbinding agreement with legislators, promising to protect and nurture ideological diversity on campus.

In fact, it was only last month that CU president Hank Brown expressed his apprehension to regents about the lack of movement on this front.

Well, if Brown is serious about this endeavor, he should make it a priority to investigate the firing of social conservative CU instructor Phil Mitchell - and not for the reasons you may suspect.

Mitchell, whose plight I first wrote about two years ago, believes that publicity surrounding CU's initial attempt to fire him saved his job.

But now, CU is giving Mitchell the boot after more than 20 years on the job in Boulder. And the university isn't backing down.

Mitchell, a father of nine, is a sharp, pleasant and generous man.

It's hard not to like him.

He's also a devout Christian who alleges that CU's actions are a transparent case of political and religious discrimination against a social conservative.

For a school still in the process of rehabilitating a somewhat rickety image, these charges should be taken seriously.

Sure, if CU featured more political flavors on the faculty, few would have any reason to wonder why administrators fired one of the few right-wing faculty members on campus.

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TOPICS: Culture/Society; Government; US: Colorado
KEYWORDS: brown; christian; cu; cuinstructor; cumitchell; devout; devoutchristian; education; fakeindian; hankbrown; mitchell; philmitchell; school; schools; wardchurchill
Ward Churchill is still NOT fired and getting his pay checks ?

Last I heard.

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1 posted on 05/07/2007 9:17:22 AM PDT by george76
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To: george76

Anyone who believes that UC Boulder is more concerned about providing a high-quality education than in teaching left-wing propaganda must also believe that Bill Clinton never inhaled.


2 posted on 05/07/2007 9:26:05 AM PDT by American Quilter (You can't negotiate with people who are dedicated to your destruction.)
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To: george76
Could be wrong, but I thought he had been fired and was appealing.

Now, as to the facts of this guy, typically the reporter doesn't provide necessary information.

1) Was this a lectureship? If so, ALL lectureships are one-year renewable, and we let people go all the time for all sorts of reasons. Often they are budgetary. Sometimes, they are ok instructors, but flat-out fail to do basic things like turn in grades, meet with students, whatever.

2) Was this a tenure/tenure-track job? If so, like it or not, you are REQUIRED to publish. People here can complain about it, but it is a fact of university life. It's like a welder being required to weld. If he was not doing so, he should have been released. It's been my 25-year experience that you can be a "good" teacher for about 2-3 years without publishing. That is because publishing FORCES you to keep up with the field, to read the books and reviews, to look at the new evidence. Unless you publish, it's my experience that people do NOT keep up with the field, then soon the person is is teaching stuff that is flat out of date, or disproven by newly-uncovered facts.

So there may be more to this case than is being reported. I know at our school, a lecturer who has high evals like this--AND who does the requirements, such as meeting with students, turning grades in, etc.---will always have a job.

3 posted on 05/07/2007 9:32:39 AM PDT by LS (CNN is the Amtrak of News)
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To: LS

I believe that Ward is still getting his pay checks, benefits, etc...

As I remember, CU took away his classes.

Thus Ward is on extended paid vacation ?

I will check further, as I am not sure what is up this week.


4 posted on 05/07/2007 9:36:23 AM PDT by george76 (Ward Churchill : Fake Indian, Fake Scholarship, and Fake Art)
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To: george76

20 years and no tenure? Isn’t that unusual?

And, isn’t something similar happening to Mike Adams?


5 posted on 05/07/2007 9:53:51 AM PDT by VeniVidiVici
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To: george76

David Harsanyi is a lonely shining star in an ocean of liberal waste matter known as The Denver Post.


6 posted on 05/07/2007 10:00:40 AM PDT by SaxxonWoods ("We're the government, and we're here to hurt.")
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To: SaxxonWoods; colorado tanker

Roger that :

David Harsanyi is a lonely shining star in an ocean of liberal waste matter known as The Denver Post.


7 posted on 05/07/2007 10:02:23 AM PDT by george76 (Ward Churchill : Fake Indian, Fake Scholarship, and Fake Art)
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To: LS; george76
Was this a tenure/tenure-track job? If so, like it or not, you are REQUIRED to publish. People here can complain about it, but it is a fact of university life.

But if you publish something that is politically incorrect even if it is a serious academic article in a peer reviewed journal, your job could be at risk.

8 posted on 05/07/2007 10:03:07 AM PDT by Paleo Conservative
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To: VeniVidiVici

I do not know the details but Ward had no trouble getting tenure.

( Ward did not have a Phd, the years...but Ward knew the ‘pc’ people and said the pc stuff )


9 posted on 05/07/2007 10:04:42 AM PDT by george76 (Ward Churchill : Fake Indian, Fake Scholarship, and Fake Art)
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To: george76
promising to protect and nurture ideological diversity on campus

Who needs Ipecac when you have people who can write stuff like that?

10 posted on 05/07/2007 10:06:02 AM PDT by Ieatfrijoles ("Some hams hanging in the kitchen were taken out for burial")
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To: george76
Harsanyi

Who's he? I canceled my Post subscription years ago. I just couldn't stomach facing Spencer or Carman nearly every morning.

11 posted on 05/07/2007 10:06:47 AM PDT by colorado tanker
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To: Paleo Conservative; Grampa Dave

Ward published others work as if it was his own.

Ward footnoted himself...

Ward made lots of stuff up that never happened and that he could not footnote.

Thus he met the CU standards for tenure ?

/s


12 posted on 05/07/2007 10:07:34 AM PDT by george76 (Ward Churchill : Fake Indian, Fake Scholarship, and Fake Art)
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To: colorado tanker

I canceled my subscription to DU Post long ago. They keep on calling me with their offers and do not understand my ‘no.’.

Sometimes I scan their website.


13 posted on 05/07/2007 10:10:21 AM PDT by george76 (Ward Churchill : Fake Indian, Fake Scholarship, and Fake Art)
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To: george76
Tenured faculty deny others what they hold tenaciously for themselves.

Liberalism on display.

14 posted on 05/07/2007 10:15:17 AM PDT by Sicon
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To: george76

It would be easier to take this seriously if the article provided even one iota of information about what the man specifically claims is why he’s being fired at this time. All I see here is that he’s a “social conservative”. What has he done in the classroom? What is he alleged to have done in the classroom? If his faculty evaluations were poor, in what specific areas were they poor?


15 posted on 05/07/2007 10:44:29 AM PDT by GovernmentShrinker
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To: Paleo Conservative
Well, it really doesn't work that way, and the main reason is that it's darn near impossible to publish anything "politically incorrect" in such journals.

But I've published more than 40 articles, 75 book reviews, and 25 books, many with respected university presses, and haven't ever had a problem.

What really happens is this: the nature of much (not all) research in the humanities and social sciences is such that it demands you address "class/race/gender," or at least challenge the existing literature on such a basis. So one way or another they get their little point of view in.

But in the case of major public figures---TR, Andrew Jackson, Nixon---nothing tops having new letters or journals that give new insight. Any press, even Oxford, Harvard, or whoever, HAS to publish such new stuff.

16 posted on 05/07/2007 10:49:31 AM PDT by LS (CNN is the Amtrak of News)
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To: Rawlings; Colorado Doug

Any local updates on the firing of social conservative CU instructor Phil Mitchell ?


17 posted on 05/07/2007 12:44:14 PM PDT by george76 (Ward Churchill : Fake Indian, Fake Scholarship, and Fake Art)
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To: Marysecretary

Did you see this ?


18 posted on 05/07/2007 4:08:16 PM PDT by george76 (Ward Churchill : Fake Indian, Fake Scholarship, and Fake Art)
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To: LS

This is the latest I could find :

Mitchell, who holds a doctorate in American social history from CU and began teaching history here in 1984, also won the SOAR Award for teacher of the year in 1998.

(But then again, Ward Churchill - who’s still pulling a CU check - was given exceptional student grades, as well.)

“We’ve never contested that Dr. Mitchell was a popular instructor and that he’s (an) immensely likable gentleman. That’s how most people around here would characterize him,” CU spokesman Bronson Hilliard...


19 posted on 05/07/2007 4:09:32 PM PDT by george76 (Ward Churchill : Fake Indian, Fake Scholarship, and Fake Art)
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To: george76

No, I didn’t WHY can’t they get rid of this doofus? Thanks for pinging me.


20 posted on 05/07/2007 4:41:31 PM PDT by Marysecretary (GOD IS STILL IN CONTROL.)
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To: george76
Well, it's rare for a guy who is truly competitive as a teacher AND researcher to be teaching at a Juco. No offense---I personally taught high school with a Ph.D. for a year---but most people get the Ph.D. for one reason, to teach in a university.

So I'm guessing this guy is an instructor on a year-to-year contract. That said, there appears to be no obvious way he has broken any rules or not performed his contract.

21 posted on 05/07/2007 4:46:06 PM PDT by LS (CNN is the Amtrak of News)
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To: LS

CU seems to be bending all the rules to get Ward in and paid because he is pc ...then doing the opposite for someone who is not pc.

For me : this is not only sad for this Phd teacher and his family...but also sad for the university and America that they can not handle two points of view.


22 posted on 05/07/2007 5:19:33 PM PDT by george76 (Ward Churchill : Fake Indian, Fake Scholarship, and Fake Art)
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To: george76

Oops. Sorry, got my wires crossed. There is another case that was on my mind about a JUNIOR COLLEGE instructor let go because he e-mailed Washington’s “Thanksgiving Address” to his students. He is appealing it.


23 posted on 05/07/2007 5:44:01 PM PDT by LS (CNN is the Amtrak of News)
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To: LS

Thanks.

I saw the Geo Washington thread too.

I am still amazed that so many professors ( now ) seem to be afraid to debate multiple points of view.

And amazed that so many professors will defend Ward after all the fabrication and forgery in his work.

I guess that they care little for open debates...rather they seem to care about their pay checks, benefits, and retirement plans.

I did not notice this so much when I was in school. Maybe I was deaf and blind then...or perhaps I am missing something today ?


24 posted on 05/07/2007 6:27:00 PM PDT by george76 (Ward Churchill : Fake Indian, Fake Scholarship, and Fake Art)
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To: george76
It's not so much that individual profs are afraid---we have a lot of individuals (on both sides) who are pretty fair, apolitical in class. But the SYSTEM makes it so that virtually ALL of the speakers and programs on campus feature leftists and left-leaning topics---"global warming," "katrina," blah, blah. In fairness, I've been invited to be on many panels, and I refuse, because it's always 3:1 or 4:1 debating a leftist topic.

Instead, we've made an "end run" through a financial backer and alumni who has given money specifically to bring conservative speakers to campus OUTSIDE the traditional "speaker's series." Last year we brought in Prof. William Allen, a specialist on George Washington, who gave a great talk to a packed house. We are working on getting Victor Davis Hanson here in spring of 08.

Half the problem is the leftist administration and bureaucracy of many of these universities---it's not all the profs. The "initiatives" and "new programs" almost all have a leftist bent to them, so they are stacked from the beginning. I'm not saying 80% of profs (or more) aren't leftists, but without the STRUCTURAL pressure from the administrators, the typical university campus would be substantially less Marxist than it is today.

25 posted on 05/08/2007 6:33:08 AM PDT by LS (CNN is the Amtrak of News)
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To: LS

Thank you for woking so hard at this.

Hopefully CU can make some progress with Brown still there . He leaves soon.

Parts of the campus is excellent : Engineering, Business, and other students are well served apparently. I know some students there who have excellent professors.

There are these pc areas that are the problem.


26 posted on 05/08/2007 7:33:44 AM PDT by george76 (Ward Churchill : Fake Indian, Fake Scholarship, and Fake Art)
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To: george76

Typically, most campuses are about 50/50 Dem/Repub in the business school and in engineering, perhaps 60/40 in sciences. But in humanities, social sciences, and journalism, it’s 90/10 if that. (I saw one study of nine departments at Colorado that had only 10 out of 170 registered Republicans).


27 posted on 05/08/2007 8:37:34 AM PDT by LS (CNN is the Amtrak of News)
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To: george76

Not even the College Republicans are social conservatives, or at least no leaders were when I was at the school a few years back.


28 posted on 05/14/2007 6:04:54 AM PDT by Dumb_Ox (http://kevinjjones.blogspot.com)
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