Gup pens piece about political diversity
October 18, 2011
Journalism Chair Ted Gup recently wrote a piece for The Chronicle of Higher Education on “True Diversity Includes Both Left and Right.” In it, he argues that colleges should foster diversity in political thought, not just racial, gender, religious, and cultural diversity, by hiring faculty who are conservative -- since most current college faculty are liberal, he said.
“Opening up the academy to balanced discourse is not going over to the Dark Side,” wrote Gup. “It is acknowledging that education is a contact sport, that exposure to divergent opinions opens minds and molds students into citizens. In these times of fierce political rancor and divisiveness, the academy can continue to be one more engine in the siege, or it can aspire to something nobler by helping to reduce the fragmentation of society.”