Saturday, October 15, 2011

Liberty "University" is Hiring

Unfortunately, it's not tenure track. And it's too bad the ad doesn't say anything about which classes the candidate will be responsible for teaching, or what these classes are like. But when you apply, don't forget: you'll need a letter from your pastor. Somehow I get the feeling that this ad is not in compliance with the APA's nondiscrimination policy.

--Mr. Zero

20 comments:

Anonymous said...

My AOS is Atheism and my AOC is Paganism. Richard Dawkins is one of my references. I may be a good fit.

Anonymous said...

I grew up in fundamentalist schools. So there's no fucking chance I'd apply to any religious school that requires signing a statement of belief, or what have you. Yet friends of mine - who don't really know the institutional culture of these places - assure me they'd sign whatever if it gave them a TT job.

Is this a common attitude out there? I wonder how many philosophers are in fact covertly employed at these kinds of schools. It's worth noting that a liberal theist at these schools is really no different than a rabid atheist: all are outside the fold.

Anonymous said...

"Full doctrinal compatibility with Liberty University."

Euphemism, ho!

Anonymous said...

From the APA's nondiscrimination policy:

"the APA recognizes the special commitments and roles of institutions with a religious affiliation; and it is not inconsistent with the APA's position against discrimination to adopt religious affiliation as a criterion in graduate admissions or employment policies when this is directly related to the school's religious affiliation or purpose, so long as these policies are made known to members of the philosophical community"

zombie said...

I like this requirement:

"Superior interpersonal, customer service, presentation, and communication skills required."

Apparently they don't want to hire a philosopher.

Also, are you sure "Pastoral reference letter" means letter from your pastor? Possibly a letter from a shepherd or cowboy is needed.

Joshua Harwood said...

Did no one find it ironic that they're requesting that a philosopher sell his soul to work for an evangelical Christian degree mill?

Mr. Zero said...

Hi anon 10:45,

I was speculating that they probably don't like gay people, not that there would be an (obvious) religious requirement for employment.

Anonymous said...

Zero,

They probably don't like gay people, but that's not in the ad.

For what it's worth, lots and lots of universities that do not have a religious affiliation have discriminated against gay people in hiring practices.

Dr. Killjoy said...

Yeah, I almost got a job there a few years ago, but then at the last minute they noticed that one of my reference letters was in fact urbane. That, plus my tendencies toward homosexuality and not being completely batshit, really crimped my fly-out prospects.

Mr. Zero said...

Hi anon 1:23,

I didn't say it was in the ad, which is why I say I "get the feeling" and that I was speculating. But an anti-gay hiring policy violates the APA's non-discrimination policy whether it's in the ad or not. On your interpretation, they could abide by the non-discrimination policy by refusing to hire women, for example, if they just didn't mention this refusal in the job ad.

Anonymous said...

"On your interpretation, they could abide by the non-discrimination policy by refusing to hire women, for example, if they just didn't mention this refusal in the job ad."

They wouldn't be the first, nor will they be the last.

Let's not pretend that only religious schools discriminate.

Mr. Zero said...

Let's not pretend that only religious schools discriminate.

Who do you imagine was doing this?

Anonymous said...

I agree with Anon 10:21--anyone outside of the fundamentalist mold would be just as bad as Liberty is concerned as an atheist (part of the doctrinal statement, for instance, is the belief in a literal 6-day creation).

Anonymous said...

Liberty University.

They put the "moron" in oxymoronlc.

Aristophanes Hiccups said...

Apparently they have dinosaur fossils they date 3,000 years ago: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Liberty_University

And they tried looking for biology faculty to teach creationism. I do not know how that is possible considering they want people from accredited schools.

Word verification: Distaki--dinosaurs made to watch the ships during the Trojan war, which happened more than 3,000 years ago.

Ben said...

I would have thought 'pastoral reference letter' meant a reference letter addressing how one fulfils pastoral obligations towards students, as opposed simply to addressing teaching and/or research.

Xenophon said...

"Teach material from approved curriculum" and "minimum of 18 hours in the discipline"

"Advises students in matters related to . . . behaviors"

Yeah, I'll apply there.

Thanks for pointing this out. It was funny (sad?).

Anonymous said...

"Teach material from approved curriculum in accordance with assigned schedule to ensure student satisfaction"

Sounds like my idea of teaching hell. I don't get to choose what I teach (materials, not course topic) or the pace, AND my goal is student satisfaction (not, say, learning)? Hell.

Anonymous said...

"liberty" "university" is hiring.

fixt that for youse.

Anonymous said...

If you don't know what a 'pastoral reference letter' is - I'm guessing this job isn't for you...