NYU Awards Promotion and Full Time Gig to ‘Deplorable’ Professor

Melkorka Licea, New York Post, November 13, 2016

The politically incorrect professor on leave since his NYU colleagues griped about his “incivility” has been promoted–and his fellow liberal-studies profs were lectured about their conduct.

Michael Rectenwald, 57, was bumped from assistant professor to full professor on Monday, just days after he was placed on paid leave. The promotion comes with an 18 percent raise to $80,000, a source said.

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Rectenwald’s exit came on Oct. 26, two days after he outed himself as the “Deplorable NYU Prof,” an undercover Twitter profile he used to argue against college trends like “safe spaces” and “trigger warnings.”

His unmasking prompted a 12-person committee calling itself the Liberal Studies Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Working Group to publish a letter in the student paper charging that Rectenwald was “guilty of illogic and incivility.”

The same day, he was summoned to a meeting with the dean, where it was suggested he take a paid leave, Rectenwald said.

“I thought my career was over,” he told The Post.

But amid public outcry following The Post’s report on his exit, NYU e-mailed Rectenwald last week to inform him that his application for a full professorship had been approved. He had applied six months ago.

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