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Projects: Studies on the Political and Religious Attitudes and Beliefs of College Faculty

The Institute for Jewish & Community Research conducted two major surveys of U.S. college faculty in 2005 and 2007. The data offer the most comprehensive view of faculty attitudes ever assembled. Two publications have been released analyzing the data and several more are in progress.

Profiles of the American University Volume I: Political Beliefs & Behavior of College Faculty (IJCR, 2006)
Gary A. Tobin and Aryeh K. Weinberg

The Institute for Jewish & Community Research’s study of American college faculty offers the reader a unique portrait of today’s academy. It illustrates the existence of a dominant political ideology on campus that encompasses views of American foreign, domestic, and trade policies. The majority of faculty are bound by a set of beliefs that could compromise the core mission of the academy to provide unbiased teaching and scholarship. The authors call for the academy to embrace its own values and tenets. They urge all stakeholders in higher education to ensure that the truest purposes of the university are protected against the paralysis of an entrenched political monoculture. This book is intended for anyone concerned with the future of higher education and its mission to be an open marketplace of ideas.
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Profiles of the American University Volume II: Religious Beliefs & Behavior of College Faculty (IJCR, 2006)
Gary A. Tobin and Aryeh K. Weinberg

The religious identity, beliefs, and behavior of college faculty in the United States are complex. Faculty are far more religious than many might believe, but still much less religious than the American public. Their religious beliefs are often intertwined with political ideology. Moreover, faculty are not without their religious prejudices – they are less tolerant of some religious groups than others. This volume provides a detailed profile of faculty religious attitudes and practices, and how they feel about others’ religions as well. The Religious Beliefs and Behavior of College Faculty examines the intersection of two of the most important institutions in American life: religion and higher education.
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Faculty Views on Israel and the Middle East (IJCR, forthcoming)

The third book in the series, Profiles of the American University, Faculty Views on Israel and the Middle East, is based on the second survey of faculty. The survey re-posited a number of questions from the previous survey as well as introduced new questions about Israel and the Middle East and faculty views on academic roles and ethics.

A matrix has been developed to identify the most strident critics of Israel and Jews that indicates a minority of highly active anti-Israel faculty. Anti-Israel activism is not faculty-wide. But a small group of faculty are able to dominate the debate with anti-Israel rhetoric and behavior.

Faculty Views on the Middle East and Israel will be released in the Fall of 2011.

The Social and Political Culture of Higher Education (IJCR, forthcoming)

The second survey of faculty asks a number of questions about the role and purpose of the professoriate and academia in general. The data reveals that liberal activists dominate the public sphere of higher education. This monograph shows that faculty have embraced a system that they fear the most – limitations on free speech in the public sphere. They have adopted a system that excludes others with diverse ideas and made certain views uncomfortable and even unacceptable to discuss.

The Social and Political Culture of Higher Education will be released in the Fall of 2011.

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