Management prof with 12 retractions loses his license to teach
Ulrich Lichtenthaler, the management professor at the University of Mannheim who has had a dozen papers retracted, has now lost his license to teach.
The WHU-Otto Beisheim School of Management, where Lichtenthaler earned his PhD, announced the move Friday, saying (courtesy Google Translate):
Allegations of dishonest academic practice against Professor Dr. Ulrich Lichtenthaler:
Senate WHU decides withdrawing teaching qualification
Vallendar 13 September 2013: At its meeting on 11 September 2013 the Senate of the WHU – Otto Beisheim School of Management unanimously Professor Dr. Ulrich Lichtenthaler withdraw the teaching qualifications gained at WHU. The withdrawal was preceded by an intensive investigation into the allegations of scientific misconduct, which had a full investigation of the goal.
After a thorough examination and discussion of the Senate of the WHU has come to the conclusion that an essential condition for the granting of teaching certificate was not given. Prof. Lichtenthaler may appeal the denial contradiction.
Of the procedure
After the Dean of WHU in summer 2012 had learned of statistical defects and other scientific shortcomings in the work of Prof. Lichtenthaler, these were investigated in detail. The existing at WHU Commission for safeguarding good scientific practice laid on 13 June 2013 after a thorough examination of the scientific work of Professor Dr. Lichtenthaler its final report to the Dean of WHU ago. The report was based on the examination by the Senate on 20 Began on 11 June and September led to the decision on the revocation of the teaching certificate. Decisions are based on the principles and procedures of WHU for dealing with scientific misconduct and the habilitation procedure.
For those of us outside Germany, Wikipedia helpfully explains that the Habillitation is a post-doctoral examination (in German-speaking Europe) that is the prerequisite for the Lehrbefähigung (teaching certificate). I don’t know what normally happens to a professor who used to have a Lehrbefähigung but no longer has one — since I imagine this doesn’t happen very often.
Debora Weber-Wulff, at the Copy-Shake-Paste blog, introduces another term, the venia legendi.
Lichtenthaler’s current employer, the University of Manneim, is still investigating.