I just found the first academic job that I am barred from applying for due to my lack of faith in Jesus Christ. Malone University (Canton, OH) requires a statement of faith for all applicants, not simply a statement of your faith or lack thereof (as some Jesuit universities do). I will provide their wording from HigherEdJobs.com so you can share in my displeasure.
Tell me what you think (because I have considered asking the site administration of the hiring website to take down the job posting for imposition of discriminatory hiring practices.
About the Department of History, Philosophy and Social Sciences
The Department of History, Philosophy and Social Sciences is an interdisciplinary department that houses programs in History, Political Science, Sociology (minor), Integrated Social Studies and in Criminal and Restorative Justice.
Application materials should include:
(1) completed Malone University faculty employment application form
(2) letter of application
(3) curriculum vitae
(4) Statement of Christian Belief and Practice in response to the following prompt: Malone University takes seriously the integration of the orthodox Christian faith and all academic disciplines and requires that faculty (full-time and adjunct) profess faith in Jesus Christ. Therefore, we ask that you provide a statement (750 words or fewer) in which you:
Discuss your faith in relationship to the University’s Doctrinal Statement and Community Agreement.
Describe your engagement with a local congregation or faith community.
(5) Statement of the integration of faith and learning in the academic discipline (750 words or fewer)
(6) Names and contact information for three professional references
(7) Statement of teaching philosophy
(8) Research statement
Something I discovered while teaching at Baylor University, a private, christian university. Some say that since these schools are private, laws against discriminatory practices do not apply. However, while I was at Baylor, they got into trouble for not implementing Title IX which protects against discrimination. Title IX states, "Title IX applies to institutions that receives federal financial assistance...including state and local agencies..."
If a college or university accept federal aide, it is suppose to abide by federal law. That means if Malone University is accepting federal money for research grants, student programs, or anything else, it is expected they abide by Title IX which makes it illegal to discriminate against anyone based on race, color, religion, national origin, or sex.
The thing is....if you applied, did not submit a letter of faith, but rather submitted a letter of atheism, and you did not get the job, it would be on you (and your lawyer) to prove that you were discriminated against due to religion, or in your case, a lack of religion. They could easily say "He wasn't the most qualified of all the candidates."
If it is a private college, they are within their rights to include the stipulation. There are several local colleges and one university here that requires such a statement. Someone asked me why I didn't lie on an app to teach at the uni, and I said because as soon as I opened my mouth, I would blow it. There is no way that I grade a paper where one of the sources is the Bible and I would have to accept it.
All the midwest is filled with 1st century minded assholes.
"... and requires that faculty (full-time and adjunct) profess faith in Jesus Christ. "
your faith could be that you truly believe he doesn't exist in modern christian schools because they voted for Trump.
Did you apply for the job or were you intending to apply for the job before you noticed their requirements? Moreover, why would you want to apply for job whose entry requirements you are not in agreement? Kindly excuse me if I seem somewhat naive here but why on earth would anyone want to work for any company or organization whose values they do not share much less support.
It seems to me that they would be within their rights to reject you in much the same manner as you reject their requirements.
You wouldn't want to be teaching that the earth was created 6,000 years ago or that Intelligent Design was a better theory (even though it isn't a scientific theory) than the supposedly debunked theory of evolution.
I do get your point, however. Accademic integrity and freedom although obviously compromised at this school is still something they likely pay lip service to.
I would be interested to know just how much money Betsey DeVoss has been able to divert from legitimate colleges and universities to support religious schools like this one.
Last comment, how do these conservative schools continue to exist when something like 70% to 80% of religious conservatives believe higher education is bad for America?
I never apply to the faith-based universities. They are immediately passed. I have taught at universities affiliated with a religion, but they did not compel any of this trash. The ones that do require do not merit any consideration.
I do not know this school, but private universities may request such supplementary materials.
This is discrimination for your ‘non-believing’ belief system! But if this should come before the present Supreme Court, it is pretty certain they would vote against you! This is the very reason that the Court has been packed with religious zealots! This is sad, indeed! My thought goes toward the indoctrination of our young people. Probably giving a lot of free tuition to attract more students?