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Become an HxA Member

Apply to become a member of the HxA community and start your journey to bring open inquiry, viewpoint diversity, and constructive disagreement to your campus and discipline.

Heterodox Academy (HxA) is a nonpartisan, nonprofit membership organization committed to advancing our principles as cornerstones of academic and intellectual life. Our membership extends from large research universities to community colleges in the US, Canada, and around the world, and represents nearly every academic discipline. HxA members are dedicated to improving higher education and academic research in their classrooms, labs, and across their campus. There is no cost for membership.

All our members have embraced the following statement:

“I support open inquiry, viewpoint diversity, and constructive disagreement in research and education.”

Membership is based only on the following criteria. Heterodox Academy does not screen prospective members based on research field, ideology, or political or social affiliations.

To become an HxA member, you must:

  1. Be affiliated with a higher education institution (i.e., hold, or have previously held*, a position at a college or university; be currently enrolled as a student; or be employed at a higher education related organization or institution).

  2. Affirm the statement, “I support open inquiry, viewpoint diversity, and constructive disagreement in research and education.” Members employed by a college or university are publicly listed on our website.

  3. Agree to model the HxA Way (see below) to the best of their ability when participating in HxA events and publishing on HxA platforms.

*Applicants who previously held a position at a college or university should have at least five years of related higher education experience.
The HxA Way

We encourage our members to embody a set of norms and values in all of their professional interactions — and insist on them for anyone publishing on our platforms or participating in our events.

Make your case with evidence.
Be intellectually charitable.
Be intellectually humble.
Be constructive.
Be yourself.

I believe that educators have an obligation to provide an environment for students to look at all sides of issues. I don not think that is taking place enough in today's academic environment. I want to be part of the solution.

Matthew HufnagelAdjunct Professor, Forbes School of BusinessThe University of Arizona Global Campus
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At this historical moment marked by a rise in various forms of anti-intellectualism, one welcomes and values a countervailing force such as Heterodox Academy, which provides a robust forum for expressions of anti-anti-intellectualism.

Michelle FinleyAssistant Vice Chancellor for Accreditation & Academic AssessmentAntioch University
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