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Madonna Constantine, Plagiarist Professor, Loses Lawsuit

Mar 25, 2010 |  Ashley Thorne

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Madonna Constantine, Plagiarist Professor, Loses Lawsuit

Mar 25, 2010 | 

Ashley Thorne

Madonna Constantine has lost her lawsuit against Columbia, reports the Washington Monthly. The University had investigated the Teachers College professor and found her guilty of plagiarism on multiple counts. During the investigation, a noose was found hanging on Constantine's office door. She immediately launched a campaign against the University calling the plagiarism charges (coinciding with the noose appearance) "a conspiracy and witch-hunt," and said she had "been specifically and systematically targeted" as a black woman. Constantine sued the University after Columbia fired her for plagiarism. NAS has written about Constantine in "The Copyist: The Plagiarist and the Noose," "No Fire Escape for the Copyist," and "Noose Professor Cites NAS in Lawsuit."

 

 

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| June 24, 2010 - 8:06 PM


To Ms. Constantine:

One of the most important life lessons we all have to learn as we move through life is: Move on.

When you began work at Teachers College there were many problems at Teachers College and in your department that festered long before your first day. Some were financial. Others included ideological and personality clashes among faculty and a pointless collage of courses that do not prepare students for actual work in their field. The most misleading and deceptive was the “appearance” of an enlightened, mature and evolved staff and curriculum that supposedly reflected this. The problems were several. These problems needed to be resolved from the top down. But, when school leadership and administration do not know how to resolve problems, and do not listen to what needs to be changed to the benefit of all tied to a program or school, things get uglier and can take a turn for the worst.

Perhaps the most important thing you have to share with others is that no matter how many hurdles you jump and how hard you work in any work setting, someone will always conspire against you. This may be due to jealousy, inept, incompetent leadership, a grudge at having you around, or about the game of being in an environment where the rules are constantly changing to the benefit of those who hold the power and the cards. I am sure that in your work toward your credentials that you were told indirectly if not directly that plagiarism is not allowed and could cost one one’s credibility, reputation and career. One’s hard work and sacrifice to get to a certain point could become lost and destroyed. The funny thing is that TC’s supposedly open outward message of diversity does not reflect TC’s actual nature. The old guard has the power and is intent on keeping the power it holds.

Teachers College has a casual concern for development of students into skilled, knowledgeable professionals. Its objective is to stay afloat financially, which is every schools’ objective. Your old department, the Counseling department’s main purpose and point is to be an additional source of revenue for the school. Period. Point blank. Pity for past, present and future students who do not see this at the door. It showed a “tolerance” for “diversity initiatives” provided that some money could be made from them. Again, the point was money. Revenue. You might have come to know this as the years passed and your own eyes opened.

Despite the distress and sheer aggravation in your experience at TC, there is a bright side: you no longer have to deal with the fraud, sabotage, and hypocrisy that is Teachers College. Your eyes are now open. Good for you.