Academic Freedom and Christian Scholarship, by Anthony J. Diekema

Anyone who has been on a faculty search committee knows how hard it is to evaluate candidates. You need to look not only at their intellectual credentials and professional competence but also at how they would fit into the institution. But institutional ethos is usually only vaguely defined and talking about personality issues can be awkward. What exacerbates the difficulty is the notion of academic freedom, which has become so expansive a concept that it is often interpreted to mean that faculty should be free to say and believe whatever they want. If freedom is the highest academic value, how can educational institutions make moral judgments about what kind of person best fulfills their particular mission?

 

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