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Published On: Thu, Oct 22nd, 2015

California professor reprimanded after not using the textbook which gives department chairs royalties

California State University-Fullerton’s Alain Bourget was threatened “with discipline as serious as dismissal” after he taught a course with his preferred texts instead of that mandated by his department.

That required text is co-written by his (math) department chairs and costs $180.

“I didn’t gain anything from doing this,” Bourget says. “I knew it would cause me trouble in the department, (but) I feel completely dishonest trying to sell a book I don’t believe in.”

The reports generalize the overall discussion of textbooks, decisions made by the department and how Bourget was “written up” for using the preferred material, banning him from teaching one class.

“You acted contrary to department policy when you did not use the single assigned textbook for MATH 250B sections,” the school reprimand states.

American Association of University Professors says that professors have the “freedom to teach” which includes deciding on course materials without interference from administration.

However, “with a multi-section course,” AAUP’s Craig R. Vasey continues, “the individual (faculty member) would have to work with the other people … to make the best decision together on what those materials would be.”

Professor Mahamood M. Hassan, who’s representing Bourget at a hearing, says “‘power and greed’ are at play in the textbook matter.”

Hassan noted that the authors of the book — the math department chairs — get royalties from sales of the book.

photo: TaxRebate.org.uk

photo: TaxRebate.org.uk

 

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