Suspended Thompson Rivers University professor to return to teaching

KAMLOOPS — A professor who was suspended from a British Columbia university after speaking out against the publication of research in journals that are not peer reviewed will be resuming his job next month.

Prof. Derek Pyne of Thompson Rivers University questioned the practice followed by some professors who publish their work in so-called predatory journals, arguing they get ahead despite inadequate research.

Pyne was banned from campus in May and has been on an unpaid suspension for his feedback of a colleague who was being considered for a position at the university in Kamloops.

The university says he will return to teaching in the school of business and economics in January.

Pyne says he met with the human resources director and a dean this week but some issues still need to be resolved.

He says the university still owes him two weeks’ pay and his union has filed a grievance on his behalf.

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