University of Montana launches investigation into computer science professor's blog posts


Students, staff and others in the University of Montana community are calling for computer science professor Rob Smith to be fired after the student newspaper reported on several of his blog posts and videos that made troubling statements about women, Muslims and individuals who are LGBTQ. 

Smith is currently employed as a tenured faculty member “at this minute,” according to UM spokesperson Dave Kuntz. The university is launching an investigation into the situation.

Rob Smith

University of Montana

“I am personally disgusted by the homophobic and misogynistic views that were reported in the Montana Kaimin,” UM President Seth Bodnar said in a statement on Monday.

“Building a culture of respect, empowerment and equity is foundational to our mission at UM as well as personally important to me,” Bodnar added. “I have directed the appropriate university officials to take immediate action to address this matter through investigatory and supportive measures.”

Smith has run a blog called “Upward Thought” since 2013 and joined the university as an associate professor in July 2014, according to his LinkedIn profile.

In one post, he encourages men of all ages

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