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The American University in a Postsecular AgeReligion and the Academy$
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Douglas Jacobsen and Rhonda Hustedt Jacobsen

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780195323443

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2008

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195323443.001.0001

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A Level Playing Field for Religion in Higher Education

A Level Playing Field for Religion in Higher Education

(p.45) 4 A Level Playing Field for Religion in Higher Education
The American University in a Postsecular Age

John J. DiIulio Jr.

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Since most academic disciplinary communities emphasize narrow expertise, talking about religion can easily be perceived (except for faculty credentialed in religious studies) as amateurish and unscholarly. Edwards argues that the professional formation of faculty, both in graduate schools and in the promotion and tenure process, encourages faculty to bracket personal religious convictions from their work as scholars and teachers. Yet there are important questions—questions about metaphysics, morality, and personal self‐disclosure—where religion is a natural component. As faculty work with students, it may not be necessary to automatically push religion aside.

Keywords:   disciplinary communities, faculty, formation, professional, metaphysics, morality, religious convictions, self‐disclosure

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