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.
These progressive policies are destroying higher education as we knew it.
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He will continue teaching and talking and that is what counts. Keep up the good work Professor.
Surprised he lasted this long. He doesn’t need them but it is more than a GD shame the alleged education establishment everywhere has set fire to intellectual honesty. They purposefully churn out good little apparatchiks. It is scary as hell.
Jordan Peterson came to my attention via several allegedly “conservative” sites, and I found his commentary to be incisive, academically sound, and interesting. Unlike many self-styled academics, he continually proves that he reads and thinks about the great issues and literature of our culture.
Somehow, reading the original document and thinking about it carefully has become a “conservative” activity. That unnerves me.
Why do we need “institutions” of higher learning at all? With today’s technology, individual teachers can reach massive numbers of learners without any intermediaries. People like Prof. Peterson are making this happen, and the administrators and leaches of “higher education” are shaking in their boots.
The credential in a degree is proof of willingness to work on somebody else’s agenda.
I couldn’t have earned my degree without a pretty significant lab setup.
Yes, good point. Certain schools of study do need physical infrastructure.
Our fantasied “Liberty U” is quickly gaining its pick of stellar-class faculty. I hope somebody is in the process of actually assembling it.
University of Austin is giving it a try.
Credentials. Since employer testing of employee suitability has basically been outlawed by the courts employers have had to outsource testing. Don’t tell the software industry though, testing is universal for software engineering jobs. You will get tested, probably more than once, and some of that testing will include live in-person problem solving i.e. write an algorithm to do X, on the blackboard, while your interviewers watch.
I’d stick it out. Having the institution as an opponent is a great resource.
Make the people who hate you pay you!
Help me figure this dude out. He comes across as a low affect automaton except when he starts crying for no reason. He preaches self reliance and then disappears for months to a Russian madhouse being treated for drug addiction. I’ll take a pass at supporting him.
I’m sure he’s impressed by your substantive assessment of him and is equally devastated by your lack of support.
“Help me figure this out” followed by wild assertions = malicious troll
“Help me figure this dude out.” Try reading his work, you vapid shmuck.
Read his work, and it explains why he became a drug addict.
I highly doubt you have.
Yes. He explains it in “Beyond Order.” Is this really your only argument, “he’s a drug addict?” So was Rush Limbaugh. It happens sometimes, even to good people.
I wonder what specifically Jordan Peterson said that so offended E Howard Hunt as to provoke him to post trollish lies. Was it perhaps Peterson’s opposition to white nationalism? Or his rejection of the error of prioritizing ideology over truth?
melt it out, snowflake. Nice hot take from behind that keyboard.
I think you misspelled your last name, shouldn’t it start with a “C”?
Vox Day sock puppet?
House call from anyone in the trades will cost >100 for the trip alone. A week from now (at least).
Universities aint the gatekeepers to prosperity and enlightenment they once were. In fact it’s being held against a lot of graduates when they are being interviewed by someone who didn’t go to college.
The universities are now gatekeepers to poverty and insolvency for those foolish enough to go into deep debt for an education with no future let alone no value. The new era of “affirmative action” admissions promises poorer return on investment for anyone hiring them.
Or even someone who went to a real college, back in the day.
Peterson basically did what anyone must do once they realize that they are in a relationship with an abuser:
Once you know, you go.
You get out, and you stay out.
I have mixed feelings on this. Jordan Peterson is a great man, a genius as well as being a good professor so I wish there was a way he could potentially influence from the inside.
But at the same time everything he said is true and he clearly did the right thing.
The brain washing of Canadian kids will now take off full speed ahead. They are teaching the kids to be good little Nazis.
It’s a shame that Canada, like Australia, have turned into full blow Socialist countries. Of course, the US doesn’t seem to far behind in joining that club. It’s time the citizens of the world wake up, unite and end this nonsense once and for all.