7/25/2009

Two out of 111 University of Oregon faculty who are registered to vote are registered as Republicans

Dan Lawson, a journalism student at the University of Oregon, had this piece published in the Christian Science Monitor:

The University of Oregon (UO), where I study journalism, invested millions annually in a diversity program that explicitly included "political affiliation" as a component. Yet, out of the 111 registered Oregon voters in the departments of journalism, law, political science, economics, and sociology, there were only two registered Republicans.

A number of conservative students told me they felt Republican ideas were frequently caricatured and rarely presented fairly. Did the dearth of conservative professors on campus and apparent marginalization of ideas on the right belie the university's commitment to providing a marketplace of ideas? . . .


The reaction of faculty at UO was what I would expect.

A professor who confronted me declared that he was "personally offended" by my column. He railed that his political viewpoints never affected his teaching and suggested that if I wanted a faculty with Republicans I should have attended a university in the South. "If you like conservatism you can certainly attend the University of Texas and you can walk past the statue of Jefferson Davis everyday on your way to class," he wrote in an e-mail. . . .


Another faculty member told him:

"You think you're so [expletive] cute with your little column," she told me. "I read your piece and all you want is attention. You're just like Bill O'Reilly. You just want to get up on your [expletive] soapbox and have people look at you." . . . .

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Blogger 1 said...

The problem I think Mr. Lawson stumbled into when penning Nearly all my professors are Democrats. Isn't that a problem? is the trap of defining what diversity supposedly is...

It must've been shocking to Mr. Lawson to find out that these so called learned people being foisted off as professors (who seemingly can't be fired for idiocy or incompentence if they've attained tenure) are as abysmally ignorant as the typical Obama supporter...

7/26/2009 7:20 AM  

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