He’s back: FAU renews ‘Stomp Jesus’ professor’s contract

Deandre PooleThe last time we checked in with Florida Atlantic University instructor Deandre Poole, Ph.D., who was just rewarded with a contract renewal by the school, he was advising his students to write the name “Jesus” on a piece of paper, then place the paper on the floor and stomp on it.

When a student took offense and complained about the assignment that came to be known as “Stomp Jesus,” the story went viral. Much of the angst resulting from the national firestorm was directed at Poole, who was eventually placed on administrative leave for safety reasons.

In a Friday news dump, Heather Coltman, interim dean of the College of Arts and Letters, stated that Poole “was offered and has accepted an appointment as an instructor, beginning with the 2013 summer term.”

A move that could prompt those who took issue with the Stomp Jesus incident to wonder if FAU stands for “F… all U.”

Keep in mind, in the ensuing controversy, Gov. Rick Scott publicly reprimanded FAU over the incident, the school apologized and, eventually, the beleaguered FAU president resigned.

And through it all, Deandre Poole, who is also vice-chairman of the Palm Beach County Democratic Party, was quiet. But he is silent no longer, according to the Sun Sentinel, which reported that “he’s ecstatic to have his job back.”

Interestingly, FAU knows the decision to retain Poole is controversial.

“We thought it was in the university’s best interest,” Coltman wrote. After saying Poole “would be a valuable asset to the college,” she added: “I understand this decision may not be popular with all members of the community, but it was based on months of thorough research and consideration.”

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Tom Tillison


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