Occasionally we actually get to cover professors whom we like. In fact, we calculate that of the 149 professors who we have covered so far this year, we’ve had nice things to say about a fifth of them.
That’s higher than the fraction of conservatives in academia. What follows are Accuracy Academia’s honorable mentions for 2011 so far:
1.John Allison of Wake Forest University, for getting the financial crisis right at BB&T and in the classroom.
2.Don Boudreaux, George Mason University—an economist who actually teaches economics.
3.Eva Brann, St. John’s College (Annapolis) emeritus, for issuing warnings about the humanities that we all should heed.
5. James W. Ceaser, University of Virginia, for actually using his academic freedom to say provocative things on record.
6. Nicolle and Mark Crain of Lafayette College, for actually calculating the cost to business of government regulations.
7. Lennard J. Davis of the University of Illinois-Chicago, for daring to question academic assumptions.
9. Claudia Dreifus of Columbia, for breaking with her allegedly liberal colleagues to question just about everything academia is doing these days.
10. Vance Fried of Oklahoma State University for daring to suggest that universities provide “a first-class undergraduate education for $6,700 a year instead of the average $25,900 charged by public research universities, or the $51,000 charged by their private peers.”
11. Martin Gaskell of the University of Kentucky, for suing his employer when he thought he was passed over for a job due to his Christianity.
12. Thomas B. Gold, a Berkeley sociologist who actually used the “c” word—communist—to describe Mainland China.
13. Robert Klein Engler of Roosevelt University, for trying to inject politically incorrect humor into a lecture, at risk to his career.
14. J. David Hunger, scholar-in-residence in the management program at the College of St. Benedict and St. John’s University, for saying, “At the big public universities, the administrations need us to be credible, but I’m not sure that they need us to be very good.”
15. Paul Kengor, Grove City College, for doing his level best to set the record straight about the Reagan years.
16. Robert Lichter of GMU, for his painstaking surveys in which he has investigated media and academic biases.
17. Paul Mason, a University of North Florida economist who said of business students that “many of them don’t read their textbooks, or do much of anything else that their parents would have called studying.”
18. Eric Nelson of Harvard for pointing out that the Christian tradition supports religious tolerance.
19. Martha C. Nussbaum of the University of Chicago, for drawing attention to deaths caused by sex-selective abortion.
20. Dr. Kyle Pruett of the Yale Medical School, for highlighting the importance of fathers.
21. Thomas Rawski, University of Pittsburgh, for making a greater leap forward than many of his colleagues in admitting the scale of atrocities that went with the history of Chinese communism.
22. David Rubinstein, University of Illinois-Chicago, for his candor, upon retirement, in giving the details of the lush life many tenured academics enjoy.
23. R. J. Rummell, University of Hawaii, for his tireless effort to set the record straight about the genocide committed by dictators.
24. Emad Shahin ofNotre Dame, for correcting The New York Times.
26. Nadine Strossen, New York University law school, for being genuinely liberal.
27. Sandra Stotsky of the University of Arkansas, for taking a hard look at what passes for academic standards.
28. Robert Templin, president of Northern Virginia Community College, for stating that “More than half of those who come to my college are not prepared.”
29. Richard Vedder of Ohio University, for starting the Center for College Affordability and Productivity, and all of the other accomplishments in his life.
30. John Yoo, a former attorney general in the Bush Administration, who is at but not of Berkeley Law.
31. R. V. Young of North Carolina State University, for trying to keep composition alive.
Malcolm A. Kline is the Executive Director of Accuracy in Academia.
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