CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – A Massachusetts Institute of Technology research deleted Pulitzer Prize-winning author and creative writing professor Junot Diaz, to return to the classroom this fall.
The investigation into Diaz’s actions in the direction of female students, and staff gave no information that would lead to restrictions on Diaz’s role as a member of the faculty at the university in Cambridge.
Melissa Nobles, dean of MIT’s School of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences, and Edward Schiappa, section head for Comparative Media Studies/Writing, where Diaz is based, were involved in the internal investigation. They reached out to current students he had taught and had extensive conversations with Diaz and other professors.
“To date, MIT is not found or you received information that would lead us to take action to limit Professor Diaz in his role as an MIT faculty member, and we expect him to teach in the following academic year, as planned,” said Kimberly Allen, director of media relations.
Author Zinzi Clemmons and other female writers recently told stories of Diaz’s behavior. Clemmons said Diaz violence kissed her a few years ago; others cited instances when they felt he had verbally attacked. Diaz has said he takes responsibility for his actions in the past.
Diaz has not responded to MIT’s decision, but his agent said that she is happy with the result.
Information from: The Boston Globe, http://www.bostonglobe.com