Michael Rectenwald, a liberal studies professor at New York University, was brought back the to the university and given a promotion and a raise after he was strongly advised to take a leave of absence following his controversial remarks about campus culture.
In September, Rectenwald created the controversial Twitter account @DeplorableNYUProf to call out the politically correct culture and safe spaces that permeate college campuses across the country.
In one tweet he wrote, “The identity politics left: they need a safe space that is at once a hall of mirrors and a rubber room.”
In another tweet, he called out colleges for regulating Halloween costumes.
Not long after he started tweeting, he was strongly advised to take a paid leave of absence from NYU after his colleagues complained about his “incivility.”
After he had been pushed out at the University, he told the NY Post,“It’s an alarming curtailment of free expression to the point where you can’t even pretend to be something without authorities coming down on you in the universities.”
On Monday, just days after he was forced out and thought his “career was over,” he’s been brought back to NYU, granted a promotion from clinical professor to full-time professor and given a pay raise, which NYU chalked up to the “normal course of business.”
Rectenwald said he was “relieved” after he received an email last week telling him that his application for full-time employment was approved – a request he had made six months prior.
The entire faculty of the liberal studies department also received a strongly worded email from the department’s dean, Fred Schwarzbach, telling them that opposing viewpoints were welcome at NYU.
One of the program’s “core values,” Schwarzbach wrote, is “the importance of the free and open exchange of different views, even those with which most of us disagree.”
Although Rectenwald will be teaching again, he still feels shunned by his colleagues. But he’s hoping for reconciliation.
“I’d like to have some understanding reached between myself, the dean and the people who felt the need to attack me for no reason,” he said. “Rather than write off my views, they could actually listen to what I have to say.”