Higher Education

‘Race’ and ‘indigeneity’: Oklahoma higher ed is hiring

October 19, 2021

Mike Brake

“The absolute most important thing to me,” says University of Oklahoma president Joseph Harroz, “is that we get it right around diversity and inclusion.” Remarkably, he says it is OU’s “top priority.”

It appears he wasn’t kidding. OU makes this statement on its website about its practices for hiring faculty: “Equal Employment Opportunity is the right of all persons to work and to advance on the basis of merit, ability, and potential without regard to race, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, genetic information, gender identity, gender expression, religion, disability, age, or status as a veteran.”

You’ll note there is one category under which OU makes no promises: political beliefs. It may be missing by accident, but OCPA’s ongoing series monitoring OU’s advertisements for faculty positions (see parts one, two, three, and four of the series) raises some definite suspicions. Namely: can anyone get hired in Norman who is not a committed left-winger?

Though it will be hard to top the OU College of Education’s quest for a “social justice” math professor or a scholar well-grounded in “Queer, Trans, and/or Sexualities Studies in Education,” let us once again turn our attention to the latest batch of OU faculty ads.

In short, OU is busy amassing a faculty corps that is self-selected to the far left. How long will state legislators and the OU Board of Regents—and the parents who are spending substantial sums to send their children down to Norman to be indoctrinated rather than educated—tolerate “such an obsessively woke state university with so few repercussions”?

[For more stories about higher education in Oklahoma, visit AimHigherOK.com.]