Diederik Stapel, the social psychology researcher who has had 58 papers retracted after admitting that he made up the data, has a new job: helping other researchers.
Stapel, according to BN DeStem (via Google Translate),
is going to help professors at major research projects and studies. “Outside his mistake he has been a good and thorough scientist,” says Hein van Oorschot of the Executive Board [of NHTV Breda, in the Netherlands]. “He has a vast knowledge in the field of research. He knows how the world works.”
The appointment is for one year. Van Oorschot tells BN DeStem:
He is not engaged in research and will not teach. He gets a supporting role, and he is the source of information and a helping hand for large projects.
Stapel has not responded to a request for comment. His last academic appointment, as an adjunct of sorts at Fontys Academy in Tilburg in 2014, was short-lived. Around the same time he resigned, he admitted sock puppetry in comments here at Retraction Watch.
Earlier, Stapel had settled with Dutch prosecutors and agreed to 120 hours of community service, after resigning from Tilburg University and relinquishing his PhD.
Hat tip: Jochen Mierau
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