The Standard for Assistant Profs at the IU Dept. of English
February 1. I hear that the murder trial will be in March. I don’t know if that’s accurate or not, but my current plan is to delay reposting on this till Fall 2010, since emotions are likely to run high during the trial.
January 11. After thinking and talking this over, I’ve decided that I should pull the post that was here. Several commentors expressed pain and anger at what they took as an opportunistic timing of my post. Originally, I’d hoped a simple disclaimer added to the beginning of the post would soften the discussion. Now I see that wasn’t enough. I will delete the entry, and wait a couple of months before discussing the issue of whether English professors should have doctorates, by which time I hope it will not be connected with anyone’s death.
Although I understand how others could judge my post to be an opportunistic criticism of IU’s creative writing program and people of color and homosexual practice, that was not my thought or intent. Believe it or not, what I write normally has few underlying motives other than intellectual curiosity and proposals for the common good. In this case specifically, reading about Professor Belton’s death and following the links got me thinking about the nature of the faculty at Indiana Unviersity, and I went ahead and thought out loud about the matter without considering how others might be hurt by my musings. If you will be so gracious as to allow me to exchange one sin for another, my act was not heartless, but thoughtless.
And so I apologize for the timing of this post and for not responding more quickly to the pain and anger of those who knew Professor Belton. Death brings pain, and it was not my desire to add to the suffering of anyone involved in this tragedy.
I’m pulling the post out of respect for those who grieve. Thus, I’ll also be pulling quite a number of comments. I hope each commentor will understand this action. I’ve retained a download of your comments– email me if you’d like a copy of what you said.