Prof. Robert Buckingham fired after criticizing Saskatchewan university plan

SRSG, May 15, 2014
Commentary by Stephen Downes

It seems to me to be somewhat of an over-reaction to fire a professor and ban him from campus for life for the simple act of speaking out against the administration's plan to save money by merging three university departments (medicine, dentistry, and public health) into one. And when the professor is five weeks from retirement, it just seems vindictive. What's key here is that speaking out is being defined as insubordination, and that "everybody is expected to put the good of the whole university ahead of their own interests." Alec Couros comments, "I can barely stand to follow this story. It makes me very angry, and sad for the the University."

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