You are not allowed to think for yourself in today’s “academia”. The script has been written. You are sent to “colleges” and “universities” only to memorize it and pass it on to others.
Drapela needs to find a basis such as race, ethnicity, age or whatever to file a complaint that will compel discovery to try and uncover the real reason for his termination.
Stand up and publicy walk out when you strongly disagree with a speaker.
Lots of grants in the Global Warming business. Can’t have someone dissing the scam that feeds them.
Speculation is the key term here. My guess is that there is more going on than this article implies. Drapela can present his grievance to the American Association of University Professors (AAUP) and have them take up the fight. Also, if you are not a tenured professor, the university can terminate you at their choice. However, it is unusual to do it in the manner done here. If I were him, I'd get the AAUP involved and let them do their job.
Doesn’t the word ‘university’ imply the definition of ‘universal’—that is sharing of all knowledge? So in academia now requires its professors to be dogmatic in opinions and observations? As long as professor Drapela is applying data to support his observations and opinions there should be no issue on his stance regarding the topic.
The OSU Chemistry Department home page hasn’t removed him yet. He is listed as a Senior Instructor. He got his Ph.D. from Oregon State. It looks like he was never in a tenure-track position so may have been hired repeatedly on annual contracts—which means he is totally at the mercy of the chairman or the administration.
As an OSU alum, I’m furious at OSU for the manner of their firing of this professor, and the possible reason. I have sent an email outlining my concerns & disgust to their “donations” department.
According to the Fox report, Prof. Drapela had been teaching at Oregon State for ten years, which suggests, along with his title, that he was a tenured professor. This assumes, of course, that Oregon Law and/or a collective bargaining agreement provides for tenure. If so, then I don’t understand how he can be terminated except for financial reasons or the elimination of his position, and even then, most tenure laws and collective bargaining agreements would allow him to apply for another positon within the state university system at the expense of someone with lower senority.
Those facts alone are a strong indication of the school's political orientation. The western part of Oregon is about as far left as San Francisco-Berkeley. It's also lesbian Heaven.
It's mystified me for years that conservative parents spend huge amounts of money to have their kids indoctrinated with anti-American drivel, the complete opposite of their own beliefs. Yet no matter how often the leftist takeover of universities is pointed out, they never seem to lack for students and very generous endowments from alumni.
Liberals are hateful to the core. Free speech and critical thinking only applies to them. (although there is seldom any critical thinking applied in the mass of lemmings that adhere to strict dogma and follow without question.
If only he would have blamed Bush, he would have instantly been tenured.