When applying for a job at a religious college, job seekers should be sure their values fit with the institution, Melanie Springer Mock, an English professor at George Fox University, writes in this commentary. Many religious colleges require faculty to sign a faith statement, and such institutions can legally refuse to hire those who refuse, Mock writes. Such rigid requirements, though, don't mean dissent isn't welcome, she adds. "Diversity of belief is still valued in most places, and being able to articulate how your beliefs could enhance a department's work can make you stand out as a candidate."
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