Skip to comments.Suspicions Confirmed: Academia Shutting Out Conservative Professors
Posted on 06/10/2013 6:49:39 AM PDT by Kaslin
Conservatives have long suspected there is discrimination against conservative professors in academia, and now there is evidence to prove it. Sociology professor Neil Gross, a self-described liberal, reveals the results of surveys showing this bias in his new book, Why Professors are Liberal and Why do Conservatives Care?
Sociologist George Yancy asked professors if they would be more or less likely to hire someone if they were a Republican, evangelical or fundamentalist. Three-quarters said political affiliation would not affect their hiring decision. But the one-quarter that did say it would influence their decision virtually all said they would favor a Democrat over a Republican. Almost half of the sociology professors surveyed said they would look unfavorably upon evangelicals and fundamentalists trying to get a job in their department!
In a 2005 survey, researcher Gary Tobin asked professors how favorably or unfavorably they felt about various religious groups. Fifty-three percent of academics responded that they regard evangelicals unfavorably. The next highest unfavorable rating was 33 percent regarding Mormons.
Professor Gross performed his own audit study, sending in fake applications to upper academia at universities around the country. One set of applicants, the control group, had nothing political listed on their resumes. The other two sets of applicants indicated they had either worked on the McCain or Obama 2008 presidential campaigns. He found, On average, the DGSs (directors of graduate studies) responded less frequently, more slowly, and less enthusiastically to the conservative applicant.
The average professor is three times as liberal as the average American, and academia is even more liberal now than it was in the 1960s. Gross provides evidence indicating that feminism greatly increased the drift of college faculty to the left, in every field except engineering. Today, 63 percent of female academics describe themselves as feminists. Seventy-three percent of academics describe themselves as moderates, liberals or radical leftists. Gross admits, it would be foolish for anyone with truly antifeminist sensibilities to become a sociologist, due to how liberal that field has become. The Sex and Gender Section is the second largest section in the American Sociological Association. New departments have emerged like Womens Studies where conservatives would not even bother applying.
Grosss thesis is that conservatives self-select other professions, independently choosing not to become professors because academia is so liberal. But this sidesteps the clear evidence Gross provides revealing faculty bias in hiring. Gross cites, yet ignores, a study which found that seven percent of conservative academics report having been the victim of political discrimination. Conservative professor Mary Grabar debunks Grosss thesis, publishing essays from six white male professors who have been blocked out of higher academia, in her new book, Exiled: Stories From Conservative and Moderate Professors Who Have Been Ridiculed, Ostracized, Marginalized, Demonized and Frozen Out. Most of them cannot obtain well-paying full-time work at four-year institutions, and instead are relegated to perpetual adjunct status, teaching twice as many classes as the average course load, for wages that work out to be less than minimum wage.
In the second half of Grosss book, he tries to understand why conservatives care about this bias. Besides the fact that it is unfair to conservatives who want to become professors, the obvious answer is because many professors insert their political biases into their grading and teaching. Gross correctly answers this question on page three in his books Introduction and should have stopped there, Stick an impressionable twenty-year old in a classroom for fifteen weeks with a charismatic instructor who makes the case that conservatives are heartless or deluded and that the United States has evil designs, and the student is likely to veer left. Gross interviewed professors on whether they engage in political indoctrination, or critical pedagogy. Two of fifty-seven professors he interviewed fully admitted they were guilty of it.
Yet Gross cannot understand the conservative mind, and wastes the second half of the book analyzing stereotypes and red herrings. Professor Grabar reviewed Grosss book and concluded, Even as he attempts to look fair-minded, Gross presents caricatured pictures of conservatism.
Gross attempts to make conservatives look bad throughout the book, but much of it backfires. He asserts, social conservatives tend to come from lower social class origins in the contemporary American context, and, Professors tend to come from better educated, higher income families than other Americans. However, this just goes to validate the complaint by conservatives that academia is composed of elitist liberals who come from wealthy, connected families.
The good news is not all areas of study are heavily dominated by professors on the left. Economics, criminology, and engineering still have a significant portion of conservative professors, although not quite 50 percent.
To his credit, Gross has attempted to put some semblance of fairness into his book, by daring to expose real biases against conservative professors. And for that he was threatened by the very liberal establishment he is a part of. As a result of his audit study, Two complained to my institutional review board, and one threatened legal action if his case was not removed from our data set (it was). It is a sad day for academia when the left is not only shutting down conservatives, but also their own who are speaking up about the suppression of free speech and the free flow of ideas at the universities.
That’s why we cannot skip those college electoral positions on our ballots.
Here in Michigan we hand State and Michigan boards of trustees and regents to ultra liberals simply because conservatives don’t get that far on their ballots.
Yet once the students get out into the real world, the realities of living begin to set in.
The professional scum students have outed the entrepreneurs coming to teach there. Marx embraced death beyond death, Lenin the Dean boy embraced himself beyond himself... head up their corrupted arses.
Indeed, they were taught by morons telling them lies and making them believe ‘yes we can” in total corruption glory embrace. All this mom and dad moneys wasted into harvard ivy league pricing when a simple bible would have done.
Well .... DUH!
Why do we need any more proof than to see who is teaching?
It didn’t get that way without planning.
Liberals are filling the ranks of teachers both in college and High School.
The only recourse: Stop giving to your college and maturely inform every caller asking for your annual contribution your reasons for withholding donation.
I taught at several universities over my career and engaged in many “debates” (i.e., arguments) with liberals over a variety of subjects. My Ph.D. is in economics and I had one debate with a Sociology prof about Caesar Chavez, the lettuce pickers boycott (early 1970’s) , and George McGovern. After a few minutes I had her boxed into a corner where she had to admit that a boycott hurts workers and owners. She looked at me and yelled: “That may be, but I don’t believe it!” and stormed out of my office. Liberals are usually ill-equipped to form a cogent argument to support their positions.
“...many professors insert their political biases into their grading and teaching...”
Virtually ALL! (Possible exceptions - engineering and some of the hard sciences)
Far left liberals dominate academia, gov’t employment, main stream media and entertainment.
Propaganda, abuse and control seems to be the rule of reality and is owned by the left.
Oddly enough, female engineers are accepted for their work, not their genitals. I started my engineering career in 1984 and I witnessed the transition from old-school to new school attitudes. Engineering has become essentially gender-blind.
And no, the engineer stereotype really doesn't apply to the appearance of female engineers.
I always tend to lean toward the candidates that have some real world experience rather than retired professors.
When I was at ole miss in late 70s I was the left leaning Paine-ist
And 90% of the faculty were Goldwater or Nixonian
2 of my close kin just graduated there. It ain’t like that no more. They started out as right wing Christians. One is a lefty somewhat Christian now. One is a raving lunatic anti Christian anti white anti conservative anti everything their parents are.
Hubby and I are seriously debating the cost benefit analysis to send our kids to any state school. Spend a lot of money and end up with daddy’s little commie atheist. No thanks.
Conservative undergrads need to stick to engineering and science. The other softer fields are for wussie man-boys and dykes. The really hot chicks major in communications so take those classes as electives, just for the chicks.
Here’s how professors are chosen at schools. They apply, then the other teachers in the department examine their teaching credentials, beliefs, etc to be sure THEY FIT IN with the department. If you disagree with their beliefs, even if you’re another Einstein, you’re out. No independent hiring authority to insure diversity of thought.
I don't understand why conservatives are so surprised about this situation. Modern academia is based on the Hegelian dialectic. The Left is the "thesis of history," pushing history forward to its "conclusion." The Right is the obstructionist "antithesis." Only the "thesis" has rights, and rights exist for no other purpose other than to enable the thesis to perform its "historic mission."
All this belief in objective standards of justice and a "mission" of history from people who claim to believe the universe is a coincidence!
We knew that.
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