BOULDER, Colo. – More than a month after showcasing the roles of prostitutes in the United States, a CU Boulder professor is under review for the way she presented the materials to a class on social deviancy.
Professor Patti Adler, a faculty member on the CU Boulder campus since the 1980s, is still employed by the university but is being asked not to teach the course in spring 2014 without a proper review.
“It was very informative but in a way that brought the material of the lecture to life,” said Ciara Catalano, a CU junior and a witness to the lecture while a student. The lecture, which sources say utilizes teaching assistants as pretend prostitutes, has been taught for several years. However university officials reported recently receiving a complaint that forced them to order a review on the class.
“It’s not the material, it’s just the way it was being presented with students portraying prostitutes and the environment that created for those students.” said university spokesperson Mark Miller in an interview with FOX31 Denver News on Tuesday.
On Wednesday, an emergency faculty meeting will be held to discuss what options should be taken next. University officials tell FOX31 Denver that a review of the course could occur before the spring semester is set to begin – which could enable Ms. Adler to return to the classroom in January.
Late Tuesday, Patti Adler replied to a FOX31 email request for comment but stressed she’s been overwhelmed with the support and unable to discuss her plans at this time.