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This appendix presents the survey instrument that provided the data for several of our chapters. It was written by our team and distributed via the web to a random sample of college and university professors in the United States. Faculty Survey This is a survey about three aspects of university life: the classroom, general campus climate, and hiring and promotion of faculty. The survey is short and entirely anonymous. There will never be any link between the answers that you give and your own identity.We will never report results in such small subgroups that you could be personally identified. We have given you an individual password for two reasons: first, so we can prevent multiple responses by the same respondent to the survey or responses from nonfaculty and, second, as a way of knowing which faculty have not yet responded to our e-mail. Once you respond, the link between that password and your e-mail is destroyed. First, a quick assessment of your political ideology: 1. How would you place your views on this scale, generally speaking, where 1 means “very left” and 10 means “very right”? Appendix A The Survey Instrument 213 ch11-appendix A 6/30/08 10:49 AM Page 213 (1) Very left (2) (3) (4) (5) (6) (7) (8) (9) (10)Very right DK Don’t know or not sure. Classroom Questions 2. Do you think that undergraduates sometimes unfairly receive different grades because of their political views at your university? a. This never or seldom happens at my university b. I believe this happens at my university, but never or seldom in my department c. I have heard credible accounts of ideology affecting grading in my department d. I have witnessed or seen firsthand evidence of student ideology affecting grading in my department e. Don’t know. 3. Beyond grading, do you think that professors at your university teach their undergraduate courses in a way that unfairly favors one political view, through their selection of readings, their lectures, and their leadership of class discussions? a. This never or seldom happens at my university b. I believe this happens at my university, but never or seldom in my department c. I have heard credible accounts of biased teaching in my department d. I have witnessed or seen firsthand evidence of biased teaching in my department e. Don’t know. 214 Appendix A: The Survey Instrument ch11-appendix A 6/30/08 10:49 AM Page 214 4. How often do you think professors at your university give opinions about political figures and issues that are not relevant to the course content? a. This never or seldom happens at my university b. I believe this happens at my university, but never or seldom in my department c. I have heard credible accounts of biased teaching in my department d. I have witnessed or seen firsthand evidence of biased teaching in my department e. Don’t know. 5. If you believe that at least some professors at your university express their political views unfairly in either grading, teaching, or both, which of the following descriptions best fits what you believe happens? a. Most of the time it is conservative professors biased against liberal views b. Most of the time it is liberal professors biased against conservative views c. There is no fixed pattern; a few professors of all ideologies are biased against opposing views d. Faculty bias is absent or extremely rare at my campus e. Don’t know. 6. Has a student ever complained that your grading or teaching had been influenced by your political views? a. No b. Yes, once c. Yes, a few times d. Yes, several times e. Don’t know. Below you are given some descriptions about how to handle political issues in the classroom.Which of these strategies do you employ at least occasionally in your classroom? 7. I make no effort to appear neutral on political issues that I have a strong opinion about; students know my opinions most of the time. Yes / No / Not sure 8. I attempt to be an honest broker for all possible viewpoints in my classroom . Yes / No / Not sure Appendix A: The Survey Instrument 215 ch11-appendix A 6/30/08 10:49 AM Page 215 9. I strongly voice multiple views on political questions, and I make an effort to ensure that students never know my views on such questions. Yes / No / Not sure 10. It isn’t necessary in my...


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