Louisville Bars Asian and White Candidates from Applying for Physics Position

, Spencer Irvine, 2 Comments

The job posting has been removed since the outcry, but really, University of Louisville?

“The post … on HigherEdJobs mostly resembled a typical ad, encouraging applicants ‘with a Ph.D. in physics or a related area, a strong research record and a passion for teaching’ to apply. It also included a standard equal employment opportunity statement saying the University of Louisville is ‘an affirmative action, equal opportunity, Americans with disabilities employer, committed to community engagement and diversity, and in that spirit, seeks applications from a broad variety of candidates,’” Inside Higher Ed reports. “But just under that statement, the ad continued, ‘The Department of Physics and Astronomy announces a tenure-track assistant professor position that will be filled by an African-American, Hispanic American or a Native American Indian [sic].’”

The job posting has since been removed, but not before it caused a firestorm of controversy,Inside Higher Ed reports. Several administrators at other campuses called the ad everything from inappropriate to a violation of federal laws. A University of Louisville spokesperson called the ad an “error.”