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The Professionalization of Faculty at Religious Colleges and Universities

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As faculty become defined more by the professional norms of their discipline, the potential for conflict with the faith-based norms of religious colleges and universities should increase. Survey responses from over 1,900 faculty at six religious colleges and universities show that most faculty members support including religious criteria in hiring, contrary to professional, disciplinary norms, but most faculty reject religious constraints on academic freedom, conforming to professional norms. These seemingly conflicting positions are reconciled by a high level of commitment to the integration of faith and learning.

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: 1: James Parker is the Research Manager at the Schapiro Research Group, Atlanta, GA. 2: Michael Beaty is Chair of the Department of Philosophy, Baylor University. 3: Larry Lyon is Dean of the Graduate School at Baylor University. 4: Carson Mencken is Professor of Sociology at Baylor University.

Publication date: March 1, 2007


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