Professor Fired For Trashing Colleagues On Professor Ratings Site
from the how-nice dept
Yesterday, we posted about the British politician who was caught emailing himself to increase his own responsiveness rating. However, if you can’t make yourself look better by pretending to be someone else online, why not make others look worse? In the comments to that post, someone noted that there are many professors who go to the site RateMyProfessors.com and pretend to be students to boost their own ratings. We’ve written about how freaked out some professors are by the site. It appears one professor didn’t just boost his own scores. He signed up, pretending to be a student, and gave bad ratings to a bunch of other professors he didn’t like — specifically ones who didn’t agree with his political viewpoint. This wasn’t a new professor either, but someone who had been on the faculty for over thirty years — and who has now been fired for the little stunt. As for how he got caught? Turns out he brilliantly posted the negative reviews from his own office, making it easy to track him down. Of course, rather than using the same excuse as the UK politician (that he was just showing problems with the system), this professor also refused to help with the investigation and, when finally caught, blamed everyone else for the amount of stress they put on him, which he claims was why he did this.