Colorado AAUP Criticizes Treatment of 2

November 9, 2011

The Colorado branch of the American Association of University Professors has released a report charging that two faculty members who lost their teaching jobs were the victims of political decision-making that violates principles of academic freedom. One of them is Ward Churchill, who was fired as an ethnic studies professor after findings of research misconduct. The state AAUP found his dismissal suspect because the investigation into research misconduct followed an uproar over some of Churchill's controversial writings. The other was Phil Mitchell, who taught in a special residential program, and who the AAUP says was unpopular with some faculty members for his conservative political and religious views. A spokesman for the Boulder campus, where both men taught, said that both cases were about issues other than politics and that appropriate faculty reviews were key to the outcome of both cases.

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