Sprawa profesora Denisa Rancourta (University of Ottawa)

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Sprawa profesora Denisa Rancourta (University of Ottawa)

Denis Rancourt – Wikipedia

Denis Rancourt was a professor of Physics at the University of Ottawa. Rancourt is an expert in spectroscopy but is more widely known for his confrontations with his former employer, the University of Ottawa, over issues involving his approach to pedagogy.[1] He was removed from all teaching duties in the fall of 2008. In December, the University of Ottawa administration began dismissal proceedings against him and he was banned from campus. The university’s Board of Governors voted unanimously to fire Rancourt on March 31, 2009…..

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STATEMENT BY DENIS RANCOURT REGARDING
HIS DISMISSAL BY THE UNIVERSITY OF OTTAWA

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Until my firing I was for the whole of my 23 year career, a professor of physics at the University of Ottawa.  I was tenured and had occupied the highest academic rank of Full Professor since 1997.  I am recognized as an expert in my profession and have taught over 2000 students.

Throughout my tenure, my overriding goal has been to give my students the highest quality of education, affording them the best possible means of learning and understanding a sometimes difficult and daunting subject.  To achieve this I have researched pedagogy, conferred with professional physics education researchers, and implemented many new teaching techniques.  I have developed several unique and very popular undergraduate and graduate courses, including the Physics and the Environment (Physique et environnement) course, the Science in Society course, and a graduate interdisciplinary course in measurement and characterization methods in science.  The Science in Society elective course had to be given in the largest auditorium on campus to accommodate the registered and community participants.  The Physics and the Environment required course was considered one of the most motivating courses in the Environmental Studies (ES) program: The executive members of the ES Student Association have referred to me as a “phenomenal teacher” and to the course as “extremely enriching … individualized … empower[ing]” and as “creat[ing] a positive learning environment where inspired students gained confidence and courage” (Letter to the dean of science dated March 15, 2007)………..

In recent years, I have become an advocate of various reforms, all with the purpose of making the University of Ottawa a stronger and better institution.  I have expressed concerns about university policy on such issues as the Student Code of Conduct and Deaf-community access to campus events.  I have also been an outspoken advocate and practitioner of greater democracy in the institution in:

  • the choice of pedagogical method
  • the development of the syllabus
  • the choice of community service offerings
  • the right to challenge established practice
  • the selection of course content

and I have communicated my views on a variety of broad societal issues, including:

  • environmental concerns
  • professional ethics
  • the Palestine-Israel conflict
  • the influences of lobby groups and the media in our representative democracy

The university’s response to the concerns that I have raised has been to attempt to silence me through a series of disciplinary actions based on various false pretexts………..

The university became markedly more aggressive in its attacks against me after the arrival of Allan Rock in July 2008.  Whereas, previous disciplines that started in 2005 were limited to letters of reprimand and of allegation (all withdrawn or overturned), the arrival of former federal politician and proven supporter of Israeli policy Allan Rock coincided with:

  • my removal from all teaching
  • a one-day suspension without pay for my blog critical of the university,
  • an unannounced lockout from my laboratory actuated under false pretext,
  • dismantling of my laboratory,
  • my removal from my graduate students,
  • reprisals and intimidations against my graduate students,
  • university-imposed unilateral deregistration of my undergraduate research student,
  • an unannounced firing of my research associate of 12 years,
  • my suspension from all my duties,
  • my physical barring from campus, including from my weekly campus radio show,
  • a lockout from my office,
  • my police arrest under a false claim of trespassing while hosting my regular weekly Cinema Academica event,
  • public university statements defaming me, and
  • my dismissal – allegedly for having assigned twenty three A+s in a combined fourth-year and graduate physics course………….

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University of Ottawa dismisses Professor Denis

SEPTEMBER 05, 2009

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The Two Languages of Academic Freedom

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

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Professor makes his mark, but it costs him his job

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  1. Denis Rancourt only started claiming he was a victim of academic mobbing when his last legal strategy failed. He’s an opportunist, not a martyr. If you want the facts about this case, google rockourt.

  2. Ottawa’s Dismissal of Denis Rancourt

    Commentary by Kenneth Westhues, University of Waterloo [1]
    August 2009
    http://arts.uwaterloo.ca/~kwesthue/Rancourt09.htm
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    The campaign against Denis Rancourt reflects badly on the University of Ottawa, but few professors can accurately say nothing similar has lately happened in their own academic homes. On the whole, Ottawa is not likely a worse educational institution than most others across the continent. We live in what KC Johnson has called, in a 2009 essay in Minding the Campus, „an era of academic mobbing.” Some mobbings arise from the left, others from the right, very many from plain intolerance of a skilled truth-seeker with an independent mind. An era of greater devotion to the classic goal of seeking truth is worth working toward.

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