Prof ‘will not be rehired’ following Otto Warmbier remarks

  • Katherine Dettwyler slammed Warmbier on Facebook and in the comment section of a National Review article.

University of Delaware (UDel) adjunct professor who said that Otto Warmbier “got exactly what he deserved” will not be returning to teach at the university, officials announced on Sunday.

“The University of Delaware has announced that Katherine Dettwyler, who last taught in the spring as an adjunct faculty member, will not be rehired to teach at the University in the future,” the school said in a statement.

"Katherine Dettwyler...will not be rehired to teach at the University in the future."   

The decision came days after Dettwyler, an adjunct anthropology professor at UDel, voiced her controversial views on the death of Warmbier on social media and the comment section of an article published by National Review.

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Campus Reform previously reported that Dettwyler argued that Warmbier behaved like a “spoiled, naive, arrogant U.S. college student who never had to face the consequences of his actions” while he was in North Korea.

She later said that Warmbier had a “typical mindset of a lot of the young, white, rich, clueless males” that she teaches.

Following her remarks, the university issued a statement disavowing the "particularly distressing” comments made by the professor, stressing that they are “inconsistent with our values.”

On Sunday, officials reiterated their denouncement of Dettwyler’s views, underscoring that they do not “reflect the values or position of the University of Delaware.”

“The University of Delaware is committed to providing our students, and our community, with an inclusive and supportive atmosphere characterized by respect and civility,” the university maintained.

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Nikita Vladimirov is a Correspondents Editor for Campus Reform. Prior to joining Campus Reform, he wrote for The Hill, where he extensively covered the latest political developments in U.S. and around the world. A 2016 national finalist for the Society of Professional Journalists' "Mark of Excellence Award," Nikita now resides in Washington D.C. and contributes to the Washington Examiner. His work has appeared on the front pages of The Drudge Report and The Hill, and has been featured by leading media organizations including Fox News, MSN, Real Clear Defense and many others.

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