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Should Conservative Professors
Come Out as Conservative?

American Thinker, by Robert Oscar Lopez

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Posted By:JoniTx, 12/1/2012 9:20:00 AM

Every week, in different forms -- some dismissive, others tactful -- the question above lands in my e-mail inbox. It comes from conservatives who wince at the thought of an untenured professor publishing right-wing opinions. There is a sincere concern underlying the question. It goes like this: the apotheosis of any academic´s career is tenure, and until one has tenure, one should not tempt fate by alienating the overwhelmingly liberal power structure that decides promotion cases. Some commenters are earnest in saying "just teach your area of expertise." But for me, all roads lead to

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: socaworld, 12/1/2012 9:32:25 AM     (No. 9042759)

It´s not a simple matter of "coming out" as conservative. I teach in the Big Ten, a relatively conservative academic milieu. My colleagues already assume that I am a religious conservative, merely because I do not participate in their leftist, tribal mau-mauing during faculty meetings, email communications social get-togethers, etc. I have a tiny American flag on my desk, and nearly every one of them has commented upon it, some even "accidentally" knocking it over. Sometimes it´s better to serve as a non-political, upright, example of moral rectitude to the students, rather than lower oneself to political argumentation with academics who cannot employ reason and logic to support their views.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: ruready?, 12/1/2012 9:41:09 AM     (No. 9042781)

#1, I am in a similar situation. Just wanted you not to lose hope.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: smcchk, 12/1/2012 9:58:30 AM     (No. 9042816)

Thanks, #1 and 2. The students do notice who are conservative and who are the lockstep, mind-numbing, liberal professors. The students are so anxious to hear new ideas that a conservative professor is a refreshing and mind-expanding experience. Anecdotally, I hear that they are often some of the most popular professors on campus too.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: lydwho, 12/1/2012 10:17:19 AM     (No. 9042865)

"Conservative Professor"???, "Conservative Professor", what in hell is that???

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Reply 5 - Posted by: stablemoney, 12/1/2012 10:22:07 AM     (No. 9042876)

What needs to happen is that taxpayers need to quit funding their destroyers.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: DonQuijote, 12/1/2012 10:25:29 AM     (No. 9042885)

Same with me, 1 and 2. They have tried to make my life miserable, and some have even stopped students from taking my classes. I teach a freshman seminar designed for retention and to interest students in area I teach (languages). Boy was I surprised when about 3/4 of the class said they and their families were supporting Romney!

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Reply 7 - Posted by: dolphin, 12/1/2012 11:30:30 AM     (No. 9043035)

I worked with a conservative professor back in the 1990s. After he came out, his federal grant funds dried up. He managed to continue his work with private grants, but the prog profs have a gentleman´s agreement that is very powerful. Things have gotten a lot worse since then.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: lancer12, 12/1/2012 11:37:41 AM     (No. 9043044)

The Teaching Company has a set on Conservatism in America. The professor says "If I do my job properly you will not be able to tell my personal opinions."

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Reply 9 - Posted by: Kansas Conservative, 12/1/2012 1:10:14 PM     (No. 9043136)

It is time for states that have GOP governors and GOP legislatures to make reforms and clean out the universities of the leftists. We need a clean slate and no tenure rules anymore. We need to clean house of the leftists in our Red States just as efficiently as the liberals and Democrats clean out our people in their organizations. Tat for tat. Eye for an eye. We are already on the path to civil war. Act like we are already in one.

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Reply 10 - Posted by: Susannah, 12/1/2012 1:16:04 PM     (No. 9043144)

The better part of wisdom is to fly under the radar as much as possible, and just keep teaching traditional, academically rigorous courses as much as you can.

I feel sorry for my young white male students; they´ve been brainwashed to think they´re useless at best and evil oppressors at worst. I do make an effort to let them know I find them smart, interesting, often witty, and very valued contributors to the whole intellectual/creative enterprise. Which they in fact are.


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Reply 11 - Posted by: Mike43, 12/1/2012 2:10:01 PM     (No. 9043203)

Read about Mike Adams´ travails at UNC-Wilmington, I believe. It took years of lawsuits to get him promoted from associate professor to full professor. And that was after having tenure.

He´s a writer at Townhall.com. One of my must reads, there. Coulter is the other.

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