Known as the "Harvard of Christian colleges," Wheaton College in Chicago's western suburbs toils to attract quality faculty who can integrate their Christian faith with the topics they teach. At conferences and meetings, faculty are always on the lookout for potential colleagues.
But the attempted ouster of a tenured professor for announcing she would don a hijab because Christians and Muslims worship the same God has unearthed a latent discontent among some faculty at the more-than-century-old institution, where turnover has been an issue in recent years.
"Faculty of a certain ilk won't stay long at Wheaton," said Ezer Kang, a tenured psychology professor who has taught at Wheaton for five years. He will begin a teaching position at Howard University next fall. "Wheaton has potential, and Wheaton knows that Wheaton needs faculty that are not snug fits with the broader evangelical community. Those faculty don't stay because it becomes intolerable."