Thursday, June 23, 2011

Pro-life faculty feel isolated, says UFL president

At the University Faculty for Life's (UFL) annual national conference, held this year at the University of Notre Dame, newly installed UFL president Teresa Collett says professors who hold pro-life views often feel isolated and marginalized on college campuses. Collett is a professor of Law at the University of St. Thomas in Minneapolis, MN. Despite academia's claim of encouraging diversity and rigorous inquiry into all areas of life and human experience, pro-life research and writing is excluded at secular and Christian institution alike:

"In most institutions, particularly before tenure but even after tenure, the reigning orthodoxy on abortion is enforced by faculty review committees and administrators," Collett said. "Writing about abortion is often discouraged pre-tenure as 'too controversial' and after tenure as a distraction from the faculty member's established area of scholarship," she continued. "For the courageous faculty member who wants to explore these issues, having a community of like-minded scholars to collaborate with is critical."

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