There are questions that can’t be asked on a job application, such as what is your race.* There are questions that can.
Regardless of personal demographic characteristics, UC San Diego has a strong interest in ensuring that all candidates hired for faculty appointments share our commitment to excellence, access, and Principles of Community.
All candidates applying for faculty appointments at UC San Diego are required to submit a personal statement on their contributions to diversity. The purpose of the statement is to identify candidates who have the professional skills, experience, and/or willingness to engage in activities that will advance our campus diversity and equity goals.
The question isn’t whether you support the “campus diversity and equity goals,” but rather more specific.
The Contributions to Diversity Statement should describe your past efforts, as well as future plans to advance diversity, equity and inclusion. It should demonstrate an understanding of the barriers facing women and underrepresented minorities and of UC San Diego’s mission to meet the educational needs of our diverse student population.
As Stephen Bainbridge notes, he probably couldn’t get a job at UC San Diego. Whether that’s a bad thing is a separate question.
I suspect “none” would not be an acceptable answer. I also expect a detailed discussion of how one has tried to promote intellectual diversity within the academy by resisting the left-liberal hegemony would be even less acceptable. Just as well I’m not trying to get a job at UCSD.
Notwithstanding Bainbridge’s snark, the application presents a barrier that very few could overcome. Obviously, this is an ideological litmus test for academics, but are there any rational responses to this application question? Would anyone want to hire anyone who could provide an ideologically acceptable answer these questions?
Would you want your child taught by anyone who could get hired by UCSD?