Controversial Instructor Allowed to Teach Online

October 25, 2017
 

As reported by Inside Higher Ed, Drexel University, which this month placed a controversial professor on leave and barred him from teaching his courses, now says he can teach online.

George Ciccariello-Maher, an associate professor of politics and global studies, has been the focus of attention throughout the year over a series of tweets he has posted. He was placed on leave after reaction to the latest one resulted, the university said, in threats against him. Faculty groups have criticized the decision to place him on leave, saying that the university is caving to pressure rather than protecting a professor. The university released a statement Friday that said, "In order to ensure academic continuity while preserving safety on campus, the terms of Professor George Ciccariello-Maher’s administrative leave have been modified to allow him to teach remotely for the duration of the term. He will resume teaching his two scheduled courses online."

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