I once interviewed for a job, and in the process, my interviewers described what the ideal professor would be like at this university. They of course mentioned teaching and research. But they also said that the ideal professor would be someone who is transformative and makes an impact on not just students, but the community.
If you are in academia long enough, you know that this is all code. It’s interesting because it’s the exact same language Christian schools use, but you know it doesn’t mean the same thing because these people (my interviewers) are leftists. If part of the job is to be transformative, and the end product of the transformation is supposed to be someone who works for liberal social justice, then a conservative cannot honestly answer in detail how he will be transformative without hurting himself.
And that is the problem with all those liberals out there who say things like “I’d consider a conservative on his merits.” Well, part of the merits are working for liberal social justice, which a conservative won’t do, and so can’t honestly speak to those experiences in an interview.
The search for someone “transformative” is par for the course in the application process now. This is why, as someone recently told me at a conference, you must include something about diversity in a cover letter. Some now require a whole statement. The whole point is to show your commitment to the cause, and if you can’t, you won’t be hired. The push for diversity can only go so far. It can’t include people who are against it, because those people might start undermining it from within. It can’t even include people who don’t care much about the issue, because even they might become a threat. From here it is a small step to the conclusion that leftists aren’t really committed to diversity. That talk is just cover for their real motives. They don’t want to welcome everyone. They want to create campuses, and ultimately whole societies, around their values to the exclusion of other values. This is no different than ultra-conservative Christian schools that expect you to adhere to a lifestyle covenant. At least people at those places are honest about their values though.
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