Palm Beach Atlantic professor fired after racial justice lessons

Xavier Roger


Palm Beach Atlantic University English Professor Samuel Joeckel was been placed under review for alleged "indoctrinating" students by teaching about racial justice in his Writing and Composition class. The professor was later fired by the university, he says.

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — A Florida English professor whose lessons about racial justice put him at odds with his university’s administrators has been fired, the professor said.

Sam Joeckel, a veteran professor at Palm Beach Atlantic University, said in a statement Thursday that the West Palm Beach school had “made the disappointing decision to terminate my contract early.”

The move comes a month after school administrators told Joeckel they were investigating a concern raised by a parent that he was “indoctrinating” his students by incorporating lessons about racial justice into his writing composition course.

Joeckel, who has taught at the 3,700-student Christian school for two decades, said he has long included teachings about racial justice in the class and that administrators had never expressed concerns about them before.


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