In late June, we wrote about a case of wholesale plagiarism involving an education researcher in California, Thienhuong N. Hoang. Our post prompted a flurry of emails from readers cluing us in to other cases in which Hoang, of California State Polytechnic University in Pomona, had lifted essentially entire articles from other scholars and changed little, if anything, but the author information.
For example, Hoang’s “‘The Contributions of Teachers’ Credentialing Routes and Experience Levels on Classroom Management,” in the January 2009 issue of the International Journal of Instruction, was the same, nearly word-for-word, as the work of two other authors, “Exploring the relationship between certification sources, experience levels, and classroom management orientations of classroom teachers,” published in Teaching and Teacher Education in 2007.
The International Journal of Instruction has removed the article from its archive and placed this announcement on its site:
Dr. Hoang plagiarized the article, titled “The Contributions of Teachers’ Credentialing Routes and Experience Levels on Classroom Management” (IJI 2009, 2/1, pp. 3-16)
The original work of Dr. Ritter and Dr. Hancock, titled “Exploring the relationship between certification sources, experience levels, and classroom management orientations of classroom teachers” was published in Teaching and Teacher Education, 2007, 23, pp. 1206–1216)
We condemn Dr. Hoang’s plagiarization.
Now we learn that Hoang has left her job as a result of the revelations. M.G. (Peggy) Kelly, the dean of Cal Poly Pomona’s College of Education & Integrative Studies, wrote in an email to someone who brought this to her attention that:
We have investigated this and similar matters in compliance with the relevant university policies and procedures. Dr. Hoang has separated from the university.
Although we never like to see anyone fired — we’re assuming that she was, but the school has refused to talk to us — Hoang’s behavior was about as egregious as we’ve yet seen. We looked at several of “her” papers and found them to be blatant thievery — no gray area, no potential for generous interpretation. For all we know, Hoang never wrote an original article.
Hat tip: Multiple readers, incluiding Vincent Natthapoj