Review finds Memorial professor was treated unfairly

March 27, 2008

An external review has found that Cathy Popadiuk, a medical professor at Memorial University, was subjected to years of harassment and bullying.  The report finds that Popadiuk "was placed in an intimidating, hostile environment, has been discouraged by her superiors and has had her clinical work assessed in a manner that denied her justice."  The Canadian Association of University Teachers commissioned the independent review, which was released yesterday.  The report recommends that both the University and the Eastern Health authority issue an apology.  The Chronicle of Higher Education (subscription required) | CAUT Bulletin

Postscript: June 24, 2008

Memorial medical professor sues UBC dean of medicine: The CAUT review found Memorial University gynecology oncology professor Cathy Popadiuk was harassed by the university and the Eastern Health Corp, because of a letter written by University of British Columbia's dean of medicine, Gavin Stuart. Now Popadiuk is suing Stuart for defamation. Popadiuk claims Stuart's letter insinuates she was unprofessional. In his statement of defence, Stuart says he had an ethical duty to report Popadiuk's conduct, and denies he defamed her. CanWest News Service