A colleague emailed me notice of an article published 11/1 in the Columbus Dispatch, titled “OSU wants more female scientists.” The first part of the article reads:
A new Ohio State University program that aims to help female professors advance in the sciences would lead to discrimination and quotas, the president of a scholars’ group says.
“What will prevent Ohio State officials from hiring members of the preferred groups who are less qualified than other applicants because of cronyism?” said George W. Dent Jr., president of the Ohio Association of Scholars.
“If you have a quota to fill, you might as well get some political mileage out of the appointment.”
But OSU officials say the program is not about quotas and is more about retaining the women the school employs in STEM disciplines: science, technology, engineering and math.
“We’re not a bunch of rabid women, but when we lose half the women we hire, that’s bad business,” said Joan M. Herbers, an OSU evolutionary zoologist who oversees the program.
I’m trying to track down the program the article is referring to, but in the meantime, a Zuska-level shoe puking on both George Dent for being such an idiot accusing cronyism in the case of women’s hiring (when of course there is no cronyism already in hiring, and underqualified men never get hired) and the Columbus Dispatch with leading with such biased “news.”
Hat tip and critique care of my colleagues who I’m not naming unless they give their permission…