There might be a whole lot more Republican (registered!) professors in Iowa

If nobody’s made a blog entitled, “really stupid stuff that Republican state legislators say/propose” there’s sure as hell a full-time job in that.  I try not to jump on it too much because it’s almost a dog bites man story.  That said, some are just so stupid, and so related to my own life.  Like this one.  From the Chronicle of Higher Ed:

Iowa’s public universities would have to base faculty-hiring decisions on applicants’ political-party affiliations under a bill pending before the State Senate’s Education Committee.

The measure, SF 288, would require the state’s three public universities to gather voter-registration data on prospective instructors and not make any hire that would cause either Democrats or Republicans on an institution’s faculty to outnumber each other by more than 10 percent.

Universities would work with the state’s commissioner of elections to collect applicants’ voter-registration data, and applicants who have not declared an affiliation with either of the two major parties would be exempt from having their political backgrounds considered.

The bill does not specify which political party it regards as underrepresented on campuses. But its sponsor, State Sen. Mark Chelgren, is a conservative Republican who previously has criticized the faculties of Iowa’s public universities. Two years ago he proposed an unusual bill that would have subjected even tenured professors to being fired if enough students gave them poor evaluations or voted for their dismissal.

Good Lord, the stupid!  As Seth Masket noted when sharing on FB, you would absolutely see a huge number of professors in Iowa with Republican registration.

If you want more analysis for just how ludicrous this is, go here.

About Steve Greene
Professor of Political Science at NC State

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