“Those who prefer left-wing orthodoxy, DEI, and gender pronouns on every email can find those features in many other universities.”
The academic left has been throwing a fit ever since Governor Ron DeSantis appointed some conservatives to the board of trustees at Florida’s New College.
Now some members of the faculty are hitting the road.
The Washington Examiner reports:
New College of Florida’s liberal faculty flee as DeSantis trustees remake school
The liberal faculty members of the New College of Florida are reportedly in a hurry to leave the school and find new jobs after Gov. Ron DeSantis’s (R-FL) takeover.
As much as one-third of the school’s faculty are leaving their jobs at the Florida college as a new crop of conservative trustees appointed by DeSantis continues to press forward with their plans to turn the school into a classical liberal arts institution in the model of the renowned conservative institution of Hillsdale College in Michigan.
As many as 36 faculty members have packed up their offices and quit their jobs, the Tampa Bay Times reported this week. Due to the high turnover, the school is expected to turn to temporary positions as a stop-gap measure while the long-term faculty hiring process, which can take up to a year, takes place.
Liz Leininger, a professor of biology, was among those faculty members who have left the New College in recent months.
In a series of tweets, Leininger, who taught neurobiology and gender studies at New College, said she has taken a job as the chairwoman of the neuroscience department at St. Mary’s College in Maryland and that her career move was not planned.
I will miss my New College students and colleagues will support them from afar as much as I can.
All year, people have asked me if I’m leaving, or staying and fighting.
I’m leaving AND fighting. For academic freedom, and for inclusive and equitable public education 3/n) …
— Dr. Liz Leininger (she/her) (@ec_leininger) July 18, 2023
Conservative education activist Chris Rufo, who has been involved in these changes since the beginning, responded:
We are restoring classical liberal arts education at New College. Those who prefer left-wing orthodoxy, DEI, and gender pronouns on every email can find those features in many other universities. Those who seek the true, the good, and the beautiful should come to New College.
— Christopher F. Rufo ⚔️ (@realchrisrufo) July 19, 2023
The Tampa Bay Times has more on this:
“The majority of faculty who have left have not given us any kind of consideration, or notice, or thought or anything,” interim president Richard Corcoran said at a July 6 trustee meeting. Long-term hiring decisions in academia typically take a year or more, and with this year’s hiring season long gone, the school will rely on temporary positions to fill the gap.
New College has already recruited 10 new visiting faculty, with another six positions still under negotiation, Thiessen said. The school will be launching a visiting “presidential scholar” position and hopes to recruit notable scholars to fill the position on a temporary basis.
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