Ideology and Religion in Students’ Attitudes Toward Economically and Socially Conservative Professors
By Jason Giersch, University of North Carolina at Charlotte and Scott Liebertz, University of South Alabama
One dilemma faced by political science instructors – and teachers of other disciplines – is whether to reveal their political opinions to students. There may be pedagogical reasons for doing so, such as providing opportunities for civil discourse in preparation for civic engagement (Kelly, 1986). But in a culture of deep political divisions in which professors may worry about accusations of indoctrination or being a target of cancel culture, or just a chilling effect that expressions of partisanship might have on classroom discussion.
While these decisions may be based on guidance from mentors and role models, university administrators, and colleagues, one constituency whose perception of the ideological professor should be considered is that of students. Professors receive feedback from students all the time, whether through class discussions, emails, or course evaluations, but they are nearly always anecdotal in nature.
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