This made me laugh. Via The Agonist (through Crooks & Liars), we get the story of the Woessners, professors at Pennsylvania State University. The Woessners (one conservative, one liberal) did a study to investigate why so few conservatives end up as professors in academia. Among their many findings and conclusions, they recommend:
The research led the Woessners to conclude that if higher education wants to attract more conservatives to the professoriate, it should smooth the way financially, offering subsidized health insurance and housing for graduate students, and adopting family-friendly policies for professors.
In other words, to get more conservatives to be professors, adopt very socialist hiring policies!
This is inspiring a bit of a rant in me; if you'd like to see some other reasons why very few professors might be into right-wing policies, look below the fold...
- Conservatives don't believe in evolution. Well, you've just lost the entire biology department, at least. You've probably lost most of the scientists in every department.
- Conservatives don't believe in global warming. Well, you've just lost anyone working in the Earth sciences.
- Conservatives don't believe in women's rights. Well, you've lost the entire gender studies department.
- Conservatives don't believe in gay rights. Now you've you've lost most of the arts! (I kid, somewhat...)
- Conservatives believe that cutting taxes raises revenue. You've definitely lost the math department. You've also lost a majority (though not all) of the economics department.
- Conservatives believe that politicians know more about science than scientists. There went every remaining scientist.
Did I miss any? The current crop of 'conservative leaders' are so anti-intellectual, it's not surprising that very few conservatives are in academic circles.