University suspends professor over alleged refusal to teach course

02/12/2014 // West Palm Beach, Florida, US // JusticeNewsFlash // Justice News Flash // (press release)

New Jersey – Rutgers University has suspended an anthropology professor who objected to being assigned to teach a class he stated he “knew nothing about.” As reported by The Star-Ledger, prominent anthropologist Robert Trivers was suspended with pay after the university alleged he refused to teach the “Human Aggression” class and got students involved in the dispute.

Trivers reportedly stated to students when beginning lectures in the class last month that he would learn the subject matter along with them with the aid of a guest lecturer. He subsequently stated to the school newspaper, the Daily Targum, that he had been refused a meeting with top officials at the university for discussing the problem.

Trivers, who says social theory is his area of expertise, is quoted as stating to the newspaper, “You would think the university would show a little respect for my teaching abilities on subjects that I know about and not force me to teach a course on a subject that I do not at all master.”

Rutgers has not commented on the matter.

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