Mean Professor Fired by Sensitive College

Glenn Ricketts

Do you teach at a "caring" college where Students Come First? Apparently, Valdosta State University in Georgia is one such, and recently demonstrated how they deal with professors who don't care, as this IHE piece reports. Not only was this fellow sacked, he was also brought up on battery charges, for which he was acquitted. So what had he done that cost him his job and landed him in the docket? Apparently, he's one of those (full disclosure: so am I) who thinks that students shouldn't be net-surfing on computers during lectures, and he closed the lap-top of one rude young lady who was doing so. The jury rightly concluded that the case was ludicrous from the start, and never should have come to court.

But they've got higher standards at Valdosta State, and didn't let simple justice stop them from terminating this hapless prof's employment. Legions of students testified as to his stellar teaching abilities, but he apparently wasn't very sensitive, and that's what really counts with the administration at Valdosta State.

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