Via Inside Higer Ed, we learn that Doug E. Lynch, the vice dean of the Graduate School of Education at the University of Pennsylvania, has resigned because he falsely claimed to have a doctoral degree from Columbia University. (This was not discovered by anyone at Penn–no, the Philadelphia Inquirer started sniffing around, and used the daring and controversial investigative journalism technique known as making a phone call to Columbia to confirm his credentials.)
Now, any scrub ABD or recent Ph.D. out there who has applied for an Assistant Professor or even VAP position knows that we must submit our transcripts as a routine part of our job application. Why not at the administrative level? I wonder.
Or, rather, no I don’t. Keep reading the Inky story, and you find this little tidbit:
Since joining Penn, Lynch had been a lightning rod for controversy. He had pushed entrepreneurial methods and supported programs such as Teach for America, which puts bright college graduates who lack education degrees in some of the nation’s toughest public schools for a two-year commitment.
This $hit just writes itself, doesn’t it? What a douche. But let’s not waste too much time or sympathy on “Dr.” Lynch: I’m sure he’ll find a comfy and well-compensated niche at one of our many fine for-profit subprime colleges and universities (h/t to commenter That’s Grantastic for the fabulous rebranding!)