TRU suspends prof who outed colleagues for publishing in "questionable" journals

August 15, 2018

Thompson Rivers University has suspended economics professor Derek Pyne without pay for his use of "defamatory language and accusations," prompting an outcry from a number of academics, reports the Vancouver Province. Thstates that Pyne has been locked in a dispute with TRU since publishing a paper that reported a number of business and economics professors and administrators who had published articles in questionable research journals. UBC professor Michael Byers has called on the government to intervene. Mark Mercer of the Society for Academic Freedom and Scholarship has called on the university to disclose the reasons for the discipline, stating that without more details “we won’t be able to tell if he’s been hassling colleagues or if he’s a legitimate whistleblower.” 

The Province