A job seeker writes:
Though I am a participating member of a faith tradition, I had never considered the possibility of working at a denominational school. I didn’t attend a denominational college or university and, historical affiliations aside, I’ve never even visited the campus of one. Given the tight job market I’ve started wondering about the option of landing at such an institution. I was wondering if your readers could help answer some questions about these institutions?
- Is it common from church affiliated schools to hire individuals from other denominations?
- What’s the climate like for research and teaching? e.g. Is there protection for academic freedom?
- Does tenure offer genuine protection? (It seems like I’ve heard stories of people being driven out.)
- How does the campus climate compare to secular counterparts? (Are small Christian Colleges like other SLACs?)
I’m sure the answers come in a range, but since I’m operating in the dark and replies would be welcome.
Signed comments would be preferred.