Daily Dose of Immortality

In an appeal, I responded to the denial of promotion:

The university representative has argued that I am a bad citizen because I used the word unctuous in reference to hires of nonscholars and because I called BYU sanctimonious, but he doesn’t address the question of whether the words are appropriate. The dean has argued that I am a bad citizen because I held the university up to ridicule, but he doesn’t ask whether the university has become ridiculous. The academic vice president writes that I should have made more affirmative contributions to the university, but doesn’t address the affirmative contributions that even and perhaps especially stinging criticism can bring.

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About Scott Abbott

Ph.D. in German Literature from Princeton University, 1979. Then I taught at Vanderbilt University, BYU, and Utah Valley State College. At Utah Valley University, I'm Director of the Program in Integrated Studies and former Chair of the Department of Humanities and Philosophy. My publications include a book on Freemasonry and the German Novel, two co-authored books with Zarko Radakovic (published in Serbo-Croatian in Belgrade), and translations of a book by Austrian author Peter Handke and of a catalogue of an exhibit called "The German Army and Genocide." More famously, my children are in the process of creating good lives for themselves: as a model and manager, as a teacher of Chinese language, as a watershed scientist and science writer, as a jazz musician, as a corrections officer, as university students, and as parents. I share my life with UVU historian Lyn Bennett and our yellow dog Blue. Some publications at http://works.bepress.com/scott_abbott/
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