Saturday, March 23, 2019
TKC READER FACT CHECK: IS COUNCILMAN QUINTON LUCAS A 'PROFESSOR' OF LAW?
A reader note about the side hustle of this Kansas City councilman . . . Take a look:
THE EVOLUTION OF "LAW PROFESSOR" QUINTON LUCAS AT KU SCHOOL OF LAW
Recently, the issue of KCMO Councilman and Mayoral candidate Quinton Lucas referencing himself as a "law professor" has been called into question. Not only has Lucas done so, but he has encouraged others to do it, and failed to correct various media organizations who reference him as a law professor at KU.
Today, you can go to the KU School of Law's website and reference all their faculty members. Quinton Lucas is listed as a "Lecturer of Law" not a professor.
(TKC: Here's the website link to KU law with exact location info crossed out even if the law school is willing to share publicly:)
There are 50 individuals listed as faculty members of the KU School of Law. Only 2 of the 50 individuals listed are titled as non-professors.
If you don't understand the significance of academic titles at universities, and the ethics involved in their misuse, then I encourage you to review your resume and delete all those phony references to you having a Ph.D., a Purple Heart, a Congressional Medal of Honor, a Nobel Prize, and any other fabrications you slipped in there. Words do matter.
We noted in Thursday's Mayoral Candidate Forum that Nick Haines introduced Lucas as a "lecturer in law", which Lucas acknowledged was the correct title, so perhaps the correction process has begun. We just wonder why it took so long. Liberal Privilege?
Councilman Lucas just tweeted a response:
"Good academic question! I was appointed a visiting assistant professor in 2012. In 2013, I was appointed associate professor. Upon election to Council, I moved to Lecturer given that I could at most teach half time. As a practice, students and peers call you “professor” for all."
Developing . . .