Jordan Peterson Resigns Tenured Professor Position at U. Toronto, Citing Destructive Diversity and Inclusion Policies
“I am academic persona non grata, because of my unacceptable philosophical positions. And this isn’t just some inconvenience.”
Professor Jordan Peterson has been a controversial figure in higher education for years now, for simply refusing to play by the rules of the academic left.
Now he has resigned from his tenured professor position at the University of Toronto. He blamed his decision on the ‘diversity, inclusion, and equity’ policies that have ripped through higher education like wildfire.
Peterson explained his position in a column at the National Post:
Jordan Peterson: Why I am no longer a tenured professor at the University of Toronto
I recently resigned from my position as full tenured professor at the University of Toronto. I am now professor emeritus, and before I turned sixty. Emeritus is generally a designation reserved for superannuated faculty, albeit those who had served their term with some distinction. I had envisioned teaching and researching at the U of T, full time, until they had to haul my skeleton out of my office. I loved my job. And my students, undergraduates and graduates alike, were positively predisposed toward me. But that career path was not meant to be. There were many reasons, including the fact that I can now teach many more people and with less interference online. But here’s a few more:
First, my qualified and supremely trained heterosexual white male graduate students (and I’ve had many others, by the way) face a negligible chance of being offered university research positions, despite stellar scientific dossiers. This is partly because of Diversity, Inclusivity and Equity mandates (my preferred acronym: DIE). These have been imposed universally in academia, despite the fact that university hiring committees had already done everything reasonable for all the years of my career, and then some, to ensure that no qualified “minority” candidates were ever overlooked. My students are also partly unacceptable precisely because they are my students. I am academic persona non grata, because of my unacceptable philosophical positions. And this isn’t just some inconvenience. These facts rendered my job morally untenable. How can I accept prospective researchers and train them in good conscience knowing their employment prospects to be minimal?
Second reason: This is one of many issues of appalling ideology currently demolishing the universities and, downstream, the general culture. Not least because there simply is not enough qualified BIPOC people in the pipeline to meet diversity targets quickly enough (BIPOC: black, indigenous and people of colour, for those of you not in the knowing woke). This has been common knowledge among any remotely truthful academic who has served on a hiring committee for the last three decades. This means we’re out to produce a generation of researchers utterly unqualified for the job. And we’ve seen what that means already in the horrible grievance studies “disciplines.” That, combined with the death of objective testing, has compromised the universities so badly that it can hardly be overstated. And what happens in the universities eventually colours everything. As we have discovered.
Other academics who have dealt with the woke mob reacted on Twitter:
With precision, poise, and passion, @jordanbpeterson explains why he’s no longer a tenured professor at the @UofT. The importance of this piece cannot be overemphasized. It perfectly articulates the ideological capture we’ve inflicted on our institutions.https://t.co/XACQKnfRss
— Peter Boghossian (@peterboghossian) January 19, 2022
A beautiful and heartbreaking explanation of why @jordanbpeterson has now formally joined the ranks of the academic exiles.
Jordan Peterson: Why I am no longer a tenured professor at the University of Toronto. https://t.co/UISGUYzizS
— Bret Weinstein (@BretWeinstein) January 20, 2022
Peterson will likely discover a whole new chapter of his career teaching privately but students at the University of Toronto will lose out.
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