November 23, 2004

FIRE Update

So, you'd think that an academic bill of rights that featured the following language:

"...sections stating that faculty members should not be hired, fired, or denied promotion or tenure because of their political, religious, or social beliefs; urging that students be included on tenure committees; and specifying that grades should not be based on studentsí political beliefs."

would be widely embraced by our diversity-seeking academic brethren, right?

Not so much.

Enter FIRE. It's kind of sad to watch the generation that continually lauds itself on "fighting the power" BECOME the power and unironically bash those who are merely following in their footsteps.

Eh, I lied. It's actually kind of funny--well, Irony thinks so, anyway, and who am I to argue with her?

Posted by Big Arm Woman at November 23, 2004 11:05 AM

Seems pretty straightforward, in and of itself. But I could forsee some problems w/respect to remedies. Who decides when someone has been discriminated against on the basis of this resolution, and on the basis of what criteria? Administrator(s)? Trustees? At public universities, does the legislature decide? (Now THAT would be a big, yummy can of worms.)

Posted by: Lex at November 23, 2004 01:08 PM

It is so painfully obvious to everyone in academe that this is so. It's easy to see that this happens, and it's easy to see how it could be remedied.

I have actually been warned by a couple of closeted politically-moderate professors to be careful when picking a dissertation topic so I'll be able to get a job later.

Posted by: JennyD at November 23, 2004 03:19 PM

Actually, this has been going on for decades. What's changed is whose political (or religious) ox is being gored.

Posted by: Michael at November 24, 2004 05:38 PM