US prof faces discipline for “sting” against lax conference standards

March 15, 2016

A professor in the US stands accused of academic misconduct after submitting research with “unforgivable methodological errors” to expose the lax standards being used at 15 conferences. At all 15 conferences, University of Arkansas at Little Rock’s Professor Jim Vander Putten was able to get his research proposals accepted, despite having significant flaws that included a quantitative study with only five research subjects. Vander Putten had planned to present the results of this submission process as part of his own research project, but he now faces disciplinary action for undertaking a study of human subjects without the approval of the campus’s institutional review board. The article concludes that “Vander Putten’s unusual case highlights inconsistencies in the judgments that review boards make.” Chronicle of Higher Education (Subscription Required)