Oklahoma Higher Education is hiring (curators don’t need to apply)
Oklahoma’s radical college wants to make sure the next generation of faculty includes only radicals. It’s not like Oklahoma professors were conservative before, but at least they were hired for job-related skills. It’s coming to an end. Radicals take control of job offers for new teachers. If you use the right words when writing requirements, you can ensure that only radicals will be hired.
Consider two similar job postings, one with and one without the radical new requirements.
The University of Central Oklahoma (UCO) is hiring music theater teacher. Besides the dangerous implications lurking in “adherence to the university’s educational philosophy” (“educational philosophy” can now mean “diversity, equity and inclusion”), the work is limited to professional qualifications, such as “in-depth performance and teaching”. experience in the field of musical theatre” and “ability to conduct stage productions at a professional level”. UCO (at least formally) just wants someone who can teach students how to put on a good show.
In contrast, the University of Oklahoma (OU) has inserted extensive language limit candidates for a job as an assistant professor of musical theater performance to a radical fringe.
We are looking for an Acting Musical Theater Teacher/Director who… can equip our majors with the skills to develop their unique artistic voice, explore and expose the oppressive structures and power dynamics within our culture and form of art, and increase the incorporation of inclusive pedagogies in our classrooms. … Other areas of expertise may include non-Western performance techniques, particularly from the African Diaspora, Latin, Asian, or Indigenous cultures, or specializations in works from a feminist or queer theatrical perspective.
Oppressive structures. Power dynamics. Inclusive pedagogies. Latinx. Feminist. Weird. While UCO’s job offer will likely guarantee a liberal (if only because conservatives are rare in the field in musical theatre), it would be a liberal hired solely for professional talent. OU’s job posting, on the other hand, makes a radical plea part of the job.
Radicals have inserted the same kind of language into job posting after job posting. At UCO, the English department is hiring “a poet whose work meaningfully addresses issues of race/ethnicity, identity and culture and who has a strong commitment to anti-racism and social justice pedagogy.” Applicants are required to submit a “teaching statement that demonstrates their commitment to racial justice in the classroom.”
English UCO too look for an assistant professor with a specialty in English education “who is committed to equity-focused teaching, particularly in culturally responsive pedagogy. Preference will be given to those who incorporate such practices into their teaching, scholarship, and service. Application requirements include a “statement of philosophy regarding culturally responsive pedagogy and diversity, equity, and inclusion in English language education.” Simply requiring the knowledge and love of good books is outdated.
UCO is also The advertisement for an Assistant Professor of “Indigenous/Tribal Governance, Masters in Public Administration”. Applicants must submit a “1-2 page diversity, equity and inclusion essay”.
Political demands are sometimes not very visible. Libraries OR look for a Director of Open Initiatives and Scholarly Communication, who must possess “a commitment to diversity, equity, respect, and inclusion.”
Sometimes they are more extensive. OR Psychology, in addition to encouraging nominations for president “from women, members of minority groups, veterans, persons with disabilities, the LGBTQIA community, and all others who are committed to excellence, inclusion, and diversity” , also require the submission of a “statement regarding your commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion.
The Galloly College of Engineering, which looking to hire for three faculty positions in Advanced Manufacturing and Materials, states that
The Galloly College of Engineering upholds the values of diversity, equity and inclusion. We seek candidates who help foster an inclusive culture in all aspects of faculty accountability, including within the classroom, the academic community, and within their professional commitments. … Applicants must provide … a statement describing their professional experience and how they intend to promote the values of diversity, equity and inclusion.
Knowing how to build things that work is no longer enough.
Diversity swell extends
The Gender + Equality Center on the Norman campus of the University of Oklahoma look for “a full-time instructor/program specialist committed to creating environments where LGBTQ+ students are valued, respected, and provided opportunities to thrive in their pursuit of excellence.” It is true that one would not expect someone who criticizes gay ideology to take this position, but this in turn raises the question of why a public university would have a position where ideology is a natural prerequisite.
The University of Oklahoma, which has already more diversity staff than history teachersexpands its staff: “The Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Division is hiring!!!” New hires will include a TRIO Programs Administrative Coordinator, a DEI Graduate Assistant, an Upward Bound Director and a DEI Outreach and Engagement Director. Hires for the DEI bureaucracy itself will of course be followers of the DEI ideology.
The Oklahoma radicals have yet to formalize their politicization of the hiring process at Oklahoma’s public universities. The different departments act on individual initiative. Yet, given the all-out push to impose DEI on universities nationwide, we should expect Oklahoma radicals to impose tactics that are already being mastered elsewhere, such as adding “diversity skillsfor tenure and promotion. Once these are in place, all a job at Oklahoma public universities will require radical advocacy as an occupational requirement.
State legislators must act
Oklahomans must end the politicization of faculty recruitment. They should pass laws prohibiting ideological discrimination in all administrative processes of the university, including hiring and promotion. Perhaps most importantly, they must give their legislators the ability to cut the budget of any administrative department or office where job search uses politicized criteria. Oklahomans should give their elected representatives ability both to inspect the operating budget of their public universities and to exercise a right of veto over any individual expenditure.
It is also time to change the composition of the state regents for higher education and of each public university president. Oklahomans deserve regents and presidents who will not only say Nope to radical proposals, but will also take the initiative to buy the public universities of Oklahoma.
Dudley Randall wrote in “A poet is not a jukebox” that
I repeat, a poet is not a jukebox to stick a quarter in his ear
and get the melody they want to hear,
Or patting on the head and calling “a good little revolutionary”,
Or give a Kuumba Liberation Award.
But the Oklahoma radicals want jukeboxes instead of teachers. As long as they can write their job postings, they will get what they want.
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