Statehouses’ Targeting of Diversity and Tenure Is Starting to Scare Away Faculty Job Candidates

May 05, 2023 1 min read

Statehouses’ Targeting of Diversity and Tenure Is Starting to Scare Away Faculty Job Candidates

by  Megan Zahneis, Chronicle of Higher Education

Recently proposed and passed legislation that targets tenure and diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts is having a chilling effect on the recruitment of faculty members and administrators in Florida and Texas, where some of the highest profile laws and bills of that type have been undertaken.

In Florida, some candidates’ concerns are so profound that they’re turning down job offers in the state — despite not having other offers, said Andrew Gothard, president of the United Faculty of Florida, a union representing faculty at all 12 of the state’s public universities, a private one, and community colleges.


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