May 08, 2007

Tuesday Link Sweep--Ousted CU Prof Phil Mitchell Speaks

'Cause I'm too busy:

Ousted CU professor Phil Mitchell sends a letter to the CU GOP, more background here:
May 1, 2007

Dear Friends,

A few weeks ago the new director of my program at CU—The Sewall Residential
Academic Program—confirmed that she would not be renewing my contract at CU.

So I have been fired. The process that was begun two years ago is now complete. At that time I alleged my firing was motivated by hostility toward me as a
political and religious conservative. I am certain this is still the motive.

In the past year the History Department at CU sent two professors into my
classroom who gave me negative teaching reviews. Then the new director of the
Sewall program did the same. It was as though they working off the same
template. These negative evaluations were sent to the Dean of Arts and Sciences
as justification for my firing, in spite of the following:

• My student evaluations are among the highest in the history of the university
and are the highest in my department.
• I have won almost every teaching award one can win at CU, some of them many
• I have won more teaching awards than all the other professors in my program
• I have won more teaching awards than all my critics combined.
• The last senior member of the History Department to evaluate my class—last
February—opened his summary with, “It was a treat to be there and watch a master teacher at work.”
• My peer evaluations have ranged from very good to outstanding for twenty-three years.
• One history professor recommended I be retained to teach the other professors
how to teach.

My firing is blatant act of political and religious discrimination. It shows
nothing but contempt for the students of the University of Colorado. Apparently
student feelings mean nothing.

If you would like to write emails or letters on my behalf I recommend the
following addresses:
•; Chancellor of CU, Boulder
•; Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences
• Phil.Distefano@Colorado.EDU; Executive Vice Chancellor, CU, Boulder

It would be fine with me if you sent me copies of your correspondence. Thank you
for your support and prayers.

Phil Mitchell

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