Recently, we reported that social psychologist and renowned data faker Diederik Stapel had found himself a new gig supporting research at a vocational university in the Netherlands — but it appears that was short-lived.
According to multiple news reports, NHTV Breda will not be employing Stapel, after all.
Here’s our Google translate of a portion from De Telegraaf:
[Stapel’s] work at the NHTV have been terminated after one week. This was announced by the Breda college Tuesday.
And this from NOS:
The social psychologist Diederik Stapel do not get a second chance at the College of Tourism and Transport in Breda (NHTV).
Staff and the MR have too many objections to the appointment of the controversial scientist. Therefore, the school decides to reverse the appointment…
Omroep Brabant includes Stapel’s reaction to the news:
[Stapel] himself said Tuesday on Radio 1 that he was sad about the quick dismissal. “I was pleased with the new job…”
Stapel’s last academic appointment at Fontys Academy in Tilburg in 2014 was short-lived; he resigned around the same time he admitted sock puppetry in comments here at Retraction Watch.
Stapel has retracted dozens of papers, settled with Dutch prosecutors and agreed to 120 hours of community service, after resigning from Tilburg University and relinquishing his PhD.
Update 9/14/16 9:35 a.m. eastern: We’ve received a press release from NHTV about the announcement; here’s an excerpt, according to our Google translate:
At the request of the Participation Council to reconsider the cooperation of the Executive Board of the university decided to terminate the cooperation with him.
Although the Board has formally acted correctly, the Participation Council, the Executive convinced that with many employees within the university insufficient confidence in the collaboration. The cooperation is not productive, and therefore it was decided the consulting agreement no further effect.
Hat tip: Stephen Buranyi
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