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Heterodox Communities

The Heterodox Communities (HxCommunities) are offered as a service to help facilitate connection between educators, administrators, students, and other individuals who wish to better understand and advance heterodoxy within their shared academic setting. Each HxCommunity is led by a member and generally operates independently of the Heterodox Academy organization (though HxA helps to launch each HxCommunity and provides support along the way).

HxCommunity members are encouraged to utilize their community space for:

  • Constructively discussing research, ideas, and articles
  • Sharing resources unique to their discipline, location, and institution
  • Collaborating to host events and other activities
  • Providing support for one another
  • Finding and offering assistance with research or other projects

If you wish to join a Heterodox Community, please submit your request here.

Before submitting your request, please note:

  • Each HxCommunity seeks to promote the values of HxA viewpoint diversity, open inquiry, and constructive disagreement within their specific context. There are eligibility requirements for each group in order to maintain focused and quality engagement. The description and criteria for each HxCommunity is listed below.
  • Communication within each HxCommunity primarily takes place in a closed Facebook or Google Group. Once your request is reviewed and approved, you will receive an email with instructions to join your HxCommunity’s Facebook or Google Group.
  • The content and views shared in the HxCommunities are developed by scholars within the groups and do not necessarily reflect the position of the Heterodox Academy organization.
  • We embrace a particular set of norms and values within the Heterodox Academy community, which we have taken to calling the ‘HxA Way.’ We encourage our members, affiliates, and friends to embody these in all of their professional interactions. We insist upon these norms and values for those publishing on our platforms, attending our events, and participating in HxCommunities.

For more information about a particular HxCommunity, please contact the moderator listed below. Other questions may be directed to membership@heterodoxacademy.org.

If you have a suggestion for a new HxCommunity, please complete this form.

HxCommunities

  • Anthropology

    Heterodox Anthropology seeks to increase open-mindedness and respectful dialogue in anthropology. Participants should be affiliated with the field of anthropology (or a closely related field) through an advanced degree, current graduate studies, or current/previous employment.

    Questions? Please contact Dan Eisenberg, Associate Professor of Anthropology at the University of Washington, at danafton@gmail.com.

  • Australia

    Heterodox Australia seeks to increase open-mindedness and respectful dialogue in higher education. Participants should be affiliated with a college or university in Australia through current/previous employment.

    Questions? Please contact Alan Davison, Dean of the Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences at the University of Technology Sydney, at alan.davison@uts.edu.au.

  • Built Environment

    This community is for individuals with an advanced degree or current/previous employment in architecture, civil engineering, landscape architecture, geomatics, urbanism, urban design/planning, real estate and/or management of the built environment, building technology, and architectural engineering. Current graduate students are also welcome.

    Questions? Please contact Jorge Mejía Hernández, Assistant Professor of Architecture at TU Delft, at j.a.mejiahernandez@tudelft.nl.

  • California

    Heterodox California seeks to increase open-mindedness in higher education by engaging members in respectful, open dialogue about issues relevant to the state, their academic disciplines, and society at large. Participants should be affiliated with a college or university in California through current/previous employment.

    Questions? Please contact Dr. David Gonzalez, Jr., Associate Professor of Public Administration & Organizational Leadership at University of Massachusetts Global, at dgonzal7@umassglobal.edu

  • Canada

    The purpose of Heterodox Canada is to bring together people in a variety of educational institutions and positions, and in a broad range of disciplines, who are proponents of open inquiry, viewpoint diversity, and constructive disagreement. Participants should be affiliated with a college or university in Canada through current/previous employment.

    Questions? Please contact Andy Sellwood, Instructional Associate at Vancouver Community College, at andy_sellwood@hotmail.com.

  • Classics

    Heterodox Classics seeks to re-build a culture of open-mindedness, respectful dialogue, and παρρησία in   and related fields. We value constructive disagreement, intellectual humility, intellectual curiosity, perspective taking, empathy, and empiricism. Participants should be engaged with the field of classics through an advanced degree, teaching, and/or publishing.

    Questions? Please contact James Kierstead, Senior Lecturer in Classics at Victoria University of Wellington, at jameskierstead@hotmail.com.

  • Communication

    Heterodox Communication is a space in which communication scientists and social scientists in related fields can have a venue for private, multifaceted discussions with the goal of engaging in (and encouraging our students and communities to engage in) open-minded dialogue, respect for viewpoint diversity, and disagreement without being disagreeable. Participants should be affiliated with the field of communication as professors, graduate students, or researchers who come from a quantitative, social-science background trained in media effects, political communication, public opinion, children and the media, persuasion, conflict, and other related areas.

    Questions? Please contact Lindsay H. Hoffman, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Communication, University of Delaware, at lindsayh@udel.edu.

  • Community Colleges

    Heterodox Community Colleges aims to foster intellectual diversity in the classroom, with student clubs and co-curriculars, during committee meetings, as well as with research and policy work. Participants should be affiliated with a community college through current/previous employment.

    Questions? Please contact Mark Urista, Communication Faculty at Linn-Benton Community College, at uristam@linnbenton.edu; or Jeff Sellers, Academic Advisor at Seminole State College, at sellersj@seminolestate.edu.

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    East Asia

    The Heterodox East Asia (HxEast Asia) Community aims to uphold and defend values of open inquiry, viewpoint diversity and academic dissent within the higher education sectors in East Asian countries, and among scholars of East Asian studies globally.

    Questions? Please contact Shaun O’Dwyer, Associate Professor, Faculty of Languages and Cultures, Kyushu University, at HxEastAsiaCommunity@protonmail.com.

  • Economics

    The purpose of Heterodox Economics is to create a space for economists to connect with others who value viewpoint diversity, constructive disagreement, intellectual humility, intellectual curiosity, and perspective taking. Participants should be affiliated with the field of economics (or a closely related field like statistics or business) through a Ph.D. or current Ph.D. graduate studies.

    Questions? Please contact Ashley Hodgson, Associate Professor of Economics, at hodgsona@stolaf.edu; or Monica Capra, Professor of Economic Sciences at Claremont Graduate University, at monica.capra@cgu.edu.

  • Environmental Engineering & Science

    Heterodox Environmental Engineering & Science aims to foster true viewpoint diversity in environmental research, education, practice, and policy/government work. Participants should be affiliated with the field of environmental engineering and science (or a closely related field) through an advanced degree, current graduate studies, or current/previous employment.

    Questions? Please contact Siddhartha Roy, Research Scientist at Virginia Tech, at sidroy@vt.edu.

  • Health Professions Education

    Heterodox Health Professions Education seeks to improve patient care and public health by exploring an array of viewpoints and promoting the exchange of these viewpoints, free from shame and retribution, especially within schools of health care education.  Participants should be affiliated with the discipline as a faculty member in a health profession program, current graduate student, or through current/previous employment.

    Questions? Please contact Jonathan Thigpen, Assistant Dean of Curricular Innovation and Professional Development at Samford University, at jlthigpe@samford.edu.

  • Higher Ed Leadership

    Heterodox Higher Education Leadership seeks to facilitate conversation, networking, and scholarship among those who study higher education and educate future higher education professionals and researchers. Participants should be affiliated with the discipline of higher education as a faculty member in a college of education, administrator in higher education, researcher, or through another similar position (e.g., faculty in adult & postsecondary education, student affairs administrators, etc.).

    Questions? Please contact Phillip Olt, Assistant Professor of Higher Education Student Affairs at Fort Hays State University, at paolt@fhsu.edu.

  • Humanities

    Heterodox Humanities seeks to open a space for ideological diversity in the Humanities by encouraging voices that question reigning orthodoxies in the various sub fields of study  . Participants should be affiliated with the field of humanities (or a closely related field) through an advanced degree, current graduate studies, or current/previous employment.

    Questions? Please contact Thomas P. Balazs, Professor of English at the University of Tennessee-Chattanooga, at Thomas-Balazs@utc.edu.

  • K-12 Education

    Heterodox K-12 Education aims to promote respectful, critical, and challenging discourse about the issues impacting K-12 schools as well as other educational settings, such as afterschool programs, online learning platforms, and homeschooling initiatives. Participants should be affiliated with K-12 education as a classroom teacher, college of education faculty member, district or school administrator, school board member, PTA member, college student studying education, policymaker, or educational non-profit staff.

    Questions? Please contact William Reusch, Social Studies Teacher at Shalhevet High School, at wjr152@gmail.com.

  • Legal Scholarship

    Heterodox Legal Scholarship offers a space for legal academics to discuss the importance of academic freedom, open-minded inquiry, and viewpoint diversity – and how to assure that they remain part of legal scholarship and the law school classroom. Participants should be affiliated with the field through an advanced degree, current graduate studies, or current/previous employment in a law school, political science department, school of communication or public policy, research institution, or any other academic setting in which law and legal theory are taught or studied.

    Questions? Please contact Marc Jonathan Blitz, Professor of Law at Oklahoma City University, at mblitz@okcu.edu.

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    Libraries

    Heterodox Libraries is a forum to explore heterodoxy in the context and practice of academic librarianship. Academic librarians, administrators, library workers, and LIS faculty and graduate students are welcome.

    Questions? Please contact Craig Gibson, Professor & Professional Development Coordinator at The Ohio State University, at cgibson5714@gmail.com.

  • New Zealand

    Heterodox New Zealand seeks to increase open-mindedness and respectful dialogue in higher education. Participants should be affiliated with a college or university in New Zealand through current/previous employment.

    Questions? Please contact the HxA Membership Team at membership@heterodoxacademy.org.

  • New York City

    Heterodox NYC is a community of people in the greater New York City area who are committed to the principles of open inquiry, viewpoint diversity and constructive disagreement in institutions of higher learning. Participants should be affiliated with a college or university in the greater New York City area through current/previous employment.

    Questions? Please contact Quentin Langley, Adjunct Faculty at Fordham University, at editor [at] quentinlangley [dot] net.

  • Philosophy

    Heterodox Philosophy seeks to improve the level of open-mindedness and respectful dialogue throughout the academic world and beyond. We seek to do so specifically amongst philosophers and those in cognate fields, in part by making space for ideological diversity. Participants should be affiliated with the field of philosophy (or a closely related field) through an advanced degree, current graduate studies, or current/previous employment in education.

    Questions? Please contact Andrew Jason Cohen, Professor of Philosophy and Coordinator of PPE at Georgia State University, at cohenaj@gsu.edu.

  • Psychology

    Heterodox Psychology aims to foster diversity in psychological research, education, practice, and policy work. Participants should be affiliated with the field of psychology (or a closely related field) through an advanced degree, current graduate studies, or current/previous employment in education.

    Questions? Please contact Tania Reynolds, Assistant Professor of Psychology at the University of New Mexico, at tareyn@unm.edu.

  • Rhetoric & Composition

    The purpose of Heterodox Rhetoric & Composition is to safeguard private, multifaceted online discussions in which open-minded dialogue and respectful disagreement can further critical scholarship in rhetoric and  composition. Participants should be affiliated with the field of rhet/comp (or a closely related field) through an advanced degree, current graduate studies, or current/previous employment in education.

    Questions? Please contact Erec Smith, Associate Professor of Rhetoric at York College of Pennsylvania, at esmith47@ycp.edu.

  • Sociology

    Heterodox Sociology seeks to increase open-mindedness and respectful dialogue in sociology. Participants should be affiliated with the field of sociology (or a closely related field) through an advanced degree, current graduate studies, or current/previous employment.

    Questions? Please contact Ilana Redstone, Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, at redstone@heterodoxacademy.org.

  • STEM

    Heterodox STEM (HxSTEM) is a forum for open-minded and respectful conversations about issues relevant to the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) community. At this time, the moderators of this HxCommunity invite colleagues working in academia, education, and research institutions across the globe. This group is not yet open to students and postdocs.

    Questions? Please contact a HxSTEM moderator: Anna Krylov, Professor of Chemistry, University of Southern California at anna.i.krylov@gmail.com; Dorian Abbot, Associate Professor of the Geophysical Sciences, University of Chicago at dorian.abbot@gmail.com; Luana Maroja, Professor of Biology, Williams College at Lsm26@protonmail.com.

  • Undergraduates

    Heterodox Undergraduates seeks to bring together current undergraduate students around the HxA values of viewpoint diversity, open inquiry, and constructive disagreement. Participants should be currently enrolled in an undergraduate program.

    Questions? Please contact the HxA Membership Team at membership@heterodoxacademy.org.

Funds Available: HxCommunities Flexible Funding Opportunity

Awards of up to $30,000 are available to support HxCommunity programs, projects, and events which demonstrate and promote heterodox values in education.

In recognition of the current restrictions placed on in-person events due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this award has been expanded to support virtual events and meetings. We expect that applicants follow their local guidelines and restrictions on in-person gatherings to ensure the safety of all participants.

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If you have any suggestions for content or events, or are interested in hosting a conversation for the Heterodox community, please let us know.

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