Wednesday, May 17, 2006

Ward Churchill Accused Of Academic Fraud! ("No Shit, Sherlock!")

An investigation of a professor who likened some of the Sept. 11 victims to a Nazi found serious cases of misconduct in his academic research, including plagiarism and fabrications, a University of Colorado spokesman said. One member of the five-person investigative committee recommended that ethnic studies professor Ward Churchill be fired, and four recommended he be suspended, university spokesman Barrie Hartman said. Churchill, who has repeatedly denied any wrongdoing, declined comment. The professor touched off a firestorm with an essay relating the 2001 terrorist attacks to U.S. abuses abroad.
Ward Churchill
The essay referred to some World Trade Center victims as "little Eichmanns," a reference to Adolf Eichmann, who carried out Adolf Hitler's plan to exterminate European Jews during World War II. University officials had earlier determined Churchill could not be fired for his comments about the terrorist attacks, but they launched an inquiry into allegations about his research. The committee's 125-page report said Churchill falsified, fabricated and plagiarized some of his research, did not always comply with standards for listing other authors' names and failed to follow accepted practice for reporting results. The decision on his future at the university will be made by school officials later this year. Churchill has said if he is fired, he will sue.
Natsu Saito
Churchill's wife, Natsu Saito, who also teaches in the ethnic studies department, said she had resigned her tenured teaching position at the school but said she and Churchill have no plans to leave Boulder. Saito said she will resume teaching at Georgia State University College of Law in Atlanta, where she has been on the faculty since 1994. She has been on leave from Georgia State since January 2004 while teaching ethnic studies at CU. Saito said she would commute to Atlanta to teach at the Georgia State law school. In her resignation letter, Saito accused the university of reneging on promises to her and the department, ignoring racial harassment of the department and individuals, and treating Churchill unfairly. She said her decision to resign was not prompted by the pending report.