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Deandre Poole: FAU professor in 'Jesus' controversy is back on the job

8:04 PM, Jun 21, 2013   |    comments
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(WPTV) -- The Florida Atlantic University professor who reportedly had students write the name "Jesus" in large letters on a piece of paper and step on it is back on the job, the university announced on Friday.

Deandre Poole accepted a teaching position beginning with the 2013 summer term, announced Heather Coltman, interim dean of the Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters in a written statement released by the university Friday afternoon.

"I understand this decision may not be popular with all members of the community," said Coltman. "But it was based on months of thorough research and consideration."

Poole came under fire after a student in his intercultural communications class refused to participate in the exercise.

FAU defended Poole, saying the "Jesus" exercise was part of a chapter dealing with the power of certain words.

However, when the controversy attracted national media attention and a request from Gov. Rick Scott for a detailed report on the issue from state university system Chancellor Frank Brogan, the university reversed itself, apologized for the lesson and banned it from future classes.

Poole was placed on paid administrative leave after receiving threats.


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