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March 14, 2013 4:10 PM University of Colorado at Boulder Now Has One Conservative Academic

By Daniel Luzer

The University of Colorado at Boulder, apparently worried about criticism that its professors were too liberal (plus, you know, being the site of student events like this) has decided to hire conservative faculty.

Well, one of them. According to a press release by the school:

Steven Hayward has been appointed the first Visiting Scholar in Conservative Thought and Policy, the University of Colorado Boulder announced today.
Hayward is tentatively scheduled to teach four undergraduate courses, three in political science — Constitutional Law 1 and 2 plus a course in American Political Thought — and one in environmental studies, Free-Market Environmentalism.
Hayward will teach in both fall and spring semesters in 2013-14. Additionally, he will be encouraged to foster discussion by hosting public events in the campus community and perhaps around the state.

It does seem a little ambitious to think that one man can carry the entire load of conservative thought at Boulder, but he’s a very energetic.

Hayward, Thomas W. Smith Distinguished Fellow at the Ashbrook Center at Ashland University in Ohio, previously held positions at American Enterprise Institute and the Heritage Foundation.

Hayward is perhaps best known, however, for his An Inconvenient Truth…Or Convenient Fiction?, a documentary film that served as a “point-by-point PowerPoint rebuttal” of Al Gore’s 2006 movie about global warming, An Inconvenient Truth.

That’s sure to go over super well at the University of Colorado, a school famous for its student environmentalists.

Daniel Luzer is the news editor at Governing Magazine and former web editor of the Washington Monthly. Find him on Twitter: @Daniel_Luzer


  • Memekiller on March 15, 2013 5:15 AM:

    This is the first Professor CU has hired purely based on their political ideology (they have fired a professor based purely on his politics). Because conservatives can't compete in the free-market of reality-based endeavors, perhaps we should hire some Creationists, too?

    Better yet, why not keep hiring professors based on merit.

  • Snarki, child of Loki on March 15, 2013 8:44 AM:

    Since CU-Boulder DOES have a College of Engineering AND a School of Business, I doubt that they really lack conservative voices on campus.

    Moronic ideologue conservative voices? Perhaps there is indeed a gap. Hiring someone from AEI/Heritage will certainly provide a "plug" for that particular 'hole.