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KC Johnson On the Ward Churchill Case

Writing at Minding the Campus, KC Johnson has a superb piece on the Ward Churchill case. 
Money quote: “Well before Churchill ever uttered his “Little Eichmanns” line, the University of Colorado — a Tier 1 research university — had hired, then tenured, and then promoted to department chairman a woefully under-qualified academic charlatan. In this respect, the affair provides a case study of ‘diversity’ hiring practices gone awry.” 
That’s exactly right. When the foremost criterion for hiring becomes whether a candidate increases the “cultural diversity” of the school rather than his demonstrated capability in teaching and research, cases like Ward Churchill are bound to occur.  

George Leef — George Leef is the director of research for the John William Pope Center for Higher Education Policy.

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