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Academic Loyalty Oaths
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Tablet magazine describes a frustrating turn for American academia reminiscent of the old Soviet-style ideological imperatives,. Alas, I have seen a similar trend at my own institution, even in the science and engineering disciplines.
Higher Ed’s New Work Loyalty Oaths :
“diversity statements and criteria have only expanded, and are now commonly required for promotion, tenure, and faculty evaluation.”
“It’s conceivable that job candidates could list their plans to contribute to diversity and inclusion without indicating a commitment to any particular political or social viewpoint, but the most commonly available rubrics for assessing diversity statements demonstrate a clear ideological gloss.”
“the Berkeley rubric explicitly punishes any candidate who expresses a dislike for race-conscious policies, requiring a low score for anyone who “states the intention to ignore the varying backgrounds of their students and ‘treat everyone the same.’” ”
“Even the tamest rubrics reward candidates for affirming the value of race consciousness and punish candidates for affirming the value of racial colorblindness—not exactly an apolitical hiring criteria.”
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