Dr. Michael Findley, professor at the University of Texas at Austin, worked at BYU before landing his dream job, complete with unlimited access to Torchy’s Tacos food truck. 🙂 He candidly shares his experiences working at BYU while undergoing a faith transition. He also offers practical advice and concrete considerations for anyone considering graduate school (even if you’re not sold on academia, this is still good to know as BYU keep tabs on and actively recruits LDS masters and PhDs). For anyone who has already been hired by a church school and is having a difficult time, and/or battling cognitive dissonance, Dr. Findley also gives some practical advice about how to move on to a better-fitting job. This episode feels timely especially since BYU has been in national news defending how their honor code openly discriminates against gay and trans students, and it looks like this is a hill church leaders are ready to die on (regardless of Big 12 status). Such a trajectory might be unsettling for a lot of employees.
Links mentioned in this podcast:
Bill Reel on Tithing
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I was in the penultimate phase of my faith transition whilst working at BYU as well and I don’t wish the experience on my worst enemy. It was personally and professionally conflicting in the extreme.
Still waiting for this podcast to be listed on Stitcher. Please? 🙂