Selected Blog Posts About Higher Education

Here I have compiled a selection of my blog posts that relate to higher education. While I blog regularly about higher education and student affairs, these posts exemplify some of my original perspectives on issues related to LGBTQ students, spirituality, religious affiliation, academic freedom, and higher education professionalism. I have also included some research analyses that have featured on the blog. All of the posts are listed here in the order in which they appeared, with most recent posts at the top for your convenience. A few posts are highlighted that I think are particularly worthy of your attention. (You might also enjoy my contributions to the satirical Cronk of Higher Education.)

Collection of Posts About Higher Education

Queer and Queerer Ep. 11 – American Education Through Irish Eyes (June 16, 2010) – On this episode of my podcast with Peterson Toscano, we interview an Irish exchange student who has just completed a year studying at an American university. Shane talks about his encounter with American education as well as his experiences coming out as gay.

You Know It’s Still An Employer’s Market When… (Stories from the Job Front) (May, 5, 2010) – Marking a milestone in my job search, I share some stories from various searches and stress the importance of being able to laugh about the things that frustrate us.

Reflecting on the Importance of Community at a University (April 30, 2010) – After a heartwarming visit to my alma mater, I reflect on the interactions between perceived campus climate and the people at a university who help define the climate.

Personal Experience Doesn’t Count; Wanting Truth Is Not The Same As Finding Truth (April 28, 2010) – Universities claim to promote critical thinking, but beliefs go unchallenged.

Science and Religion Are Not Compatible: The Seminary Says So (April 9, 2010) – Why is higher education so concerned with defending the policies of a theological seminary, where academic freedom doesn’t apply?

The Social Justice Ally Refresher We All Need (March 18, 2010) – What does it mean to be a good ally and how does it translate into the current efforts for LGBT equality?

Consortium Responds to Virginia AG About University Non-Discrimination Policies (March 9, 2010) – I proudly promote a response from a professional organization defending social justice values in higher education.

Diversity, Recruitment, Retention, and Academic Integrity (February 28, 2010) – What are the reputational consequences when universities do not properly support all of their students?

Inside Higher Ed and Sociology Continue To Ignore Nonbelievers (February 10, 2010) – Inside Higher Ed reveals that sociology has studied religion more and also become more apologetic, so I highlight the deficits of this approach.

Talking About LGBT Issues at Faith-Based Institutions (#CC10) (February 4, 2010) – At Creating Change, members of the Consortium of LGBT Higher Ed Resource Professionals discuss the challenges of supporting queer students at religiously-affiliated universities during a breakout session.

Inside Higher Ed Censors Comments On Articles (January 12, 2010) – I consider the principles of academic freedom as I challenge Inside Higher Ed for its arbitrary censorship of comments on its articles.

Religious Universities: “Seeing the Light” Means Turning a Blind Eye (January 3, 2010) – Does research on religiously-affiliated universities deserve any praise or attention if it only seeks to portray them in a positive light?

How Long Until We Have Campus Atheist Resource Centers? (December 18, 2009) – In this synthesis of much my writing from throughout 2009, I apply student development theory to argue that nonbelievers should have the same administrative representation and support that universities offer for other underrepresented populations.

An LGBT/Religion/Higher Ed Issue? I Can’t Not Weigh In (December 8, 2009) – A response to those who argue that when university nondiscrimination statements are enforced, they, in fact, discriminate against religious groups. (They, in fact, do not.)

Society Is Better Off Without Religion: The Supporting Research (December 7, 2009) – I provide an abridged review of a new study that demonstrates the negative correlation between religiosity and societal prosperity.

Social Justice Education = “Indoctrination” and “Reeducation” (November 28, 2009) – A defense of the University of Minnesota’s new social justice curriculum for its education majors with a deconstruction of its opponents’ arguments.

Higher Ed Struggles to Serve Atheist Students (November 12, 2009) – An article on Inside HigherEd provides an opportunity to consider how little universities do to even recognize—let alone support—students who identify as nonbelievers.

Hope College Prefers Moral Ignorance Over Cognitive Dissonance (October 27, 2009) – How does a Christian-affiliated university respond when it has the opportunity to expose its students to a new point of view? Not well.

Should a Goal of Higher Education Be Enforcing Gender Expectations? (October 19, 2009) – Does Morehouse College’s new dress code go too far in limiting students’ gender presentation?

Does Higher Education Understand The Culture of Blogging? (October 17, 2009) – This post asks the question of how receptive the field of higher education is to new media.

Christian Universities Struggle With Teaching Legitimate Science (October 15, 2009) – A response to an article about how Christian universities feel “threatened” by the teaching of evolution and how the field of higher education placates their religious privilege.

Academic Standards and Religious Doctrine Don’t Mix (August 29, 2009) – How can a school make exceptions to academic standards on behalf of religious beliefs and still have a competitive academic reputation?

The APA’s Report on Reparative Therapy (Abridged Summary) (August 7, 2009) – What are the results of the literature review the American Psychological Association conducted on sexual orientation change efforts (SOCE)?

Religion in Education, Student Affairs, and Skepticism (August 4, 2009) – A response to a study finding that education attracts more religious undergrads.

Faculty Responsible for Campus Climate, Too! (NYU School of Law) (July 27, 2009) – What impact can faculty viewpoints have on a campus climate? What can be learned from the episode of Li-ann Thio’s invitation to teach at NYU’s School of Law?

Academic Freedom: Anti-gay Opinions vs. Anti-gay Untruths (July 13, 2009) – Does academic freedom protect “views” that can essentially be disproven by knowledge from other fields of study?

The Privilege of Religiously-Affiliated Universities to Defy Ethical Standards (May 28, 2009) – A critique of a Liberty University decision using the ACPA and NASPA ethical standards as a rubric.

Why Higher Education Should NOT Promote “Spirituality” or “Spiritual Development” (May 20, 2009) – A critique of an article by Astin (2004) unpacking the religious privilege inherent in spiritual development research.

Why I Work in LGBT Affairs (February 20, 2009) – A response to self-hating gay men on Tyra with reflections on why I am so committed to working in LGBT affairs in higher education.

“Moral” Judgment vs. Academic Freedom (February 19, 2009) – A response to an elected representative who thinks “queer theory” is not an appropriate use of university funds.

*GASP* There are atheists in our universities! (January 28, 2009) – A highlight of the work of Goodman and Mueller (2009) as featured in the Chronicle.

The Burden of Awareness (January 16, 2009) – A personal reflection after a tough week full of triggers.

Should a Goal of Higher Education Be Enforcing Gender Expectations? (October 19, 2009) – Does Morehouse College’s new dress code go too far in limiting students’ gender presentation?