Friday, December 4, 2015

The Most Masculine and Southern Academic Event in the World?

OK, maybe the title is a bit of a stretch, but not by much.

The other day I was chatting with some friends about the 2015 annual meeting of the Evangelical Theological Society which took place two weeks ago in Atlanta. According to its website, the Evangelical Theological Society was formed in 1949 "to foster conservative Biblical scholarship by providing a medium for oral exchange and written expression of thought and research in the general field of the theological disciplines as centered in the Scriptures."

If our crack research team at The Way of Improvement Leads Home did its math correctly, there were 722 presenters at this year's meeting. This does not include moderators or scholars who sat on panels or round tables. These speakers gave presentations on a whole host of theological, historical, and biblical subjects. You can get a taste of some of the session themes by perusing the program.

According to our research, 664 of the 722 presentations were delivered by men.  That is roughly 91%.  This means that 58 of the 722 presentations were delivered by women.  That is roughly 9%.

I welcome your reflections on this.

But wait, there's more.

According to our rough counting, nearly 20% of the presentations at this year's ETS meeting were made by scholars or graduate students affiliated with Southern Baptist institutions. (Again, this does not include moderators, commentators, or panelists who did not have a title associated with their presentation).

Five institutions: Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, and New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary accounted for 88% of these presentations by Southern Baptists.

Again, I welcome your reflections on this.  I think there might be a research project here.