Heterodox Academy, an academic collaborative with a mission to advance viewpoint diversity in the academy, is pleased to open membership to adjunct professors, post-docs, and graduate students enrolled in Ph.D. programs, as of today, May 8, 2017.
What started as a blog in late 2015 transitioned into a membership association in response to requests from professors to join our mission and express support for increasing viewpoint diversity—particularly political and ideological diversity—in universities.
Initial membership was restricted to tenured professors in order to establish a network of peers who could provide cover for junior faculty, who were admitted beginning in the summer of 2016. The response from professors throughout the US and internationally was strong and our ranks quickly swelled to 400+ members by the end of 2016. After several high-profile media articles and appearances by Heterodox Academy founding members, alongside a handful of pieces by current members in a variety of influential publications, we experienced a surge of applicants, driving more than 50% membership growth to 650 by the end of April 2017.
After several widely reported incidents where invited guests were shouted down (or worse) at UC-Berkeley, Middlebury, Claremont-McKenna and other universities, the time is right to open membership to concerned academics at all levels in the university system. No matter their background or political ideology, all members of Heterodox Academy have endorsed this statement:
“I believe that university life requires that people with diverse viewpoints and perspectives encounter each other in an environment where they feel free to speak up and challenge each other. I am concerned that many academic fields and universities currently lack sufficient viewpoint diversity—particularly political diversity. I will support viewpoint diversity in my academic field, my university, my department, and my classroom.”
Heterodox Academy has produced a variety of resources to study the problems affecting campuses today, and to address those problems. Please see our Guide to Colleges, Viewpoint Diversity Experience, Fearless Speech Index, and Heterodox U initiative, and please browse our blog.
“Since we began accepting members, our plan was always to provide an outlet for adjuncts, post-docs and graduate students who dedicate their careers to the academy and this is an especially vital time as we confront a variety of challenges to free speech and free inquiry within climates of political orthodoxy on campus. I look forward to welcoming the many dedicated professors who have expressed support and encouragement towards viewpoint diversity and our mission.” said Jonathan Haidt, co-founder of Heterodox Academy and a professor at NYU-Stern School of Business.
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