A Canadian arbitrator has upheld the University of Ottawa’s 2009 decision to fire a tenured physics professor whom the institution accused of repeatedly defying his superiors’ orders, The Ottawa Citizen reported.
The professor, Denis Rancourt, drew scrutiny for what the university said were his unorthodox teaching methods as well as his decision to award A-plus grades to all students in an advanced physics course, despite an order from his dean not to do so.
Mr. Rancourt, who has described himself as a “dissident,” testified that he believed that traditional ways of teaching and evaluating physics students were ineffective.
In an email to the newspaper, Mr. Rancourt said the university had “succeeded in punishing me for my public criticisms of the institution and for my defiance in standing for what I believe is the best teaching that I can do.”
The university said the arbitrator’s decision spoke for itself, and declined to comment further.