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July 2, 2005
CU Escapes The Peter Principle

After generating months of controversy from his remarks about 9/11 victims being "little Eichmanns" to disputes over his alleged Native American heritage and claims that he falsified key parts of his curriculum vitae, Ward Churchill has embarrassed University of Colorado innumerable times. However, it hasn't kept CU from giving Churchill a merit increase for his performance (via LGF):

University of Colorado professor Ward Churchill was awarded a 2.28 percent merit pay increase this week for work performed in 2004, a little less than his department's average recommended salary increase for professors.

A statement released by CU said pay increases for Boulder campus faculty are approved by interim Chancellor Phil DiStefano and based on reviews and recommendations by committees at the department, school or college, and administrative levels.

Churchill's increase was finalized Thursday. The average recommended increase for ethnic studies department faculty was 3.21 percent, according to the CU statement.

"In 2004, Professor Churchill taught a higher number of courses than required, received A's and A-pluses on his student evaluations, completed numerous publications and served as administrative chair of the department," the statement said.

Let me get this straight. An employee of CU currently under investigation for employment fraud, plagiarism, and fabrication still remains eligible for annual merit increases? In the private sector, one would have to wait for the end of the investigation before anyone would dare put that request through to Human Resources. Since CU runs on state money, that means that Colorado taxpayers not only continue to fund Churchill's lunacies -- but now they have to pay more for them as well.

Obviously tenure doesn't explain the entire problem with Churchill's continued employment in academia.

UPDATE: Okay, okay, University of Colorado. I got ya, Momo.

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Posted by Ed Morrissey at July 2, 2005 10:26 PM

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