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At last, a man in the philosophy department at the University of Colorado-Boulder speaks out

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"Conversations that I have had, however, with people who have access to the relevant information all confirm the view that only one member of the tenured[d]/tenure-track faculty in the philosophy department has been found guilty of sexual harassment during that time period, and that person was vigorously punished."


According to one published source, four of the 24 tenured/tenure-track faculty members in the philosophy department today are women. Evidently, one of those 20 men was found guilty of something and punished.


Next, I want to quote Professor Tooley's measured comment about the Site Visit Report:


"What one gets [in it] are general statements about such things as sexual harassment and bullying that are more or less completely non-quantitative, but taken together create the totally false impression that the [philosophy] department is one where there is, in the words of one reporter, "pervasive sexual harassment.'"


Apart from the factoid about 15 complaints, the Site Visit Report consists of "more or less completely non-quantitative" statements. Its general statements sound sensationalistic, but even they are vague, as Alicia Caldwell pointed out.


In addition, Professor Tooley says, "I'm not convinced that the under-representation of women in our profession is to be explained by some sort of negative climate for women in philosophy departments" -- which is evidently one of the assumptions of the APA Committee on the Status of Women, the APA sub-group that sponsors the site visit program.


To back up his observation, he sets forth the following figures from a National Science Foundation "Survey of Earned Doctorates" for the year 2012:


Subject Percentage of Doctorates Earned by Women


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Thomas James Farrell is professor emeritus of writing studies at the University of Minnesota Duluth (UMD). He started teaching at UMD in Fall 1987, and he retired from UMD at the end of May 2009. He was born in 1944. He holds three degrees from Saint Louis University (SLU): B.A. in English, 1966; M.A.(T) in English 1968; higher education, 1974. On May 16, 1969, the editors of the SLU student newspaper named him Man of the Year, an honor customarily conferred on an administrator or a faculty member, not on a graduate student -- nor on a woman up to that time. He is the proud author of the book (more...)

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