Suspicions Confirmed: Academia Shutting Out Conservative Professors

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Hardly shocking news especially for those of us in academics but it is nice to see the discrimination from the left in an actual study.



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.”
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Hardly shocking news especially for those of us in academics but it is nice to see the discrimination from the left in an actual study.





Suspicions Confirmed: Academia Shutting Out Conservative Professors - Rachel Alexander - Page full
In sociology a conservative is less likely to be open and free of bigoted opinions. This goes back as far as when I was in school. Us students knew who was a conservative and turned in papers accordingly instead of actually learning something new.
 
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In sociology a conservative is less likely to be open and free of bigoted opinions. This goes back as far as when I was in school. Us students knew who was a conservative and turned in papers accordingly instead of actually learning something new.
Not at my university.

The liberal ones, and I have seen this while being a TA, will give out lower grades based on how conservative your paper is. If someone does say they are conservative they are openly ridiculed.
 
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Not at my university.

The liberal ones, and I have seen this while being a TA, will give out lower grades based on how conservative your paper is. If someone does say they are conservative they are openly ridiculed.
At most universities it's according to the course or major. Conservative papers tend to be just regurgitated and plagiarized work.

So who gives out the grade? Usually it's most influenced by the TA working under the professor.
 
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At most universities it's according to the course or major. Conservative papers tend to be just regurgitated and plagiarized work.

So who gives out the grade? Usually it's most influenced by the TA working under the professor.
Usually, depending on the coursework. Especially in history, we had a tremendous amount of papers to grade so the work would be split between the TA and the professor. Some professors refused to let on which way they leaned and they were always the fair ones, the liberal ones were pretty bad.

I had one who forced us to buy a subscription to the NYT as our course book. He refused to let us pick another major paper, only the NYT. I would have dropped that class on the spot if I didn't need to take it.

Funny thing is though that I got an A in the course because I knew who he was and what he wanted for coursework.
 
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Usually, depending on the coursework. Especially in history, we had a tremendous amount of papers to grade so the work would be split between the TA and the professor. Some professors refused to let on which way they leaned and they were always the fair ones, the liberal ones were pretty bad.

I had one who forced us to buy a subscription to the NYT as our course book. He refused to let us pick another major paper, only the NYT. I would have dropped that class on the spot if I didn't need to take it.

Funny thing is though that I got an A in the course because I knew who he was and what he wanted for coursework.
And you increased your knowledge far more than had you taken it from a conservative prof.
 
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Apart from Sociology, it's kinda hard to see how this would come up. I think evangelicals and fundamentalists, who presumably reject evolution, global warming and other basic science facts, would be a strange choice for a science teacher.
 
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Apart from Sociology, it's kinda hard to see how this would come up. I think evangelicals and fundamentalists, who presumably reject evolution, global warming and other basic science facts, would be a strange choice for a science teacher.
I have known many christians who showed more faith than the majority of those here be excellent science teachers in the lower grades.
 
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leftist papers are products of conditioned groupthink and talking points organized around lies and propaganda.

so there.

:)
Funny how NEW ideas generally are not generated by conservative students writing conservative papers. Maybe it's due to conservatism by definition not being open to NEW ideas?
 
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