Idalene “Idie” Kesner, dean of the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University. (Courtesy photo)
Idalene “Idie” Kesner, dean of the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University. (Courtesy photo)
While acknowledging the current board of trustees has more women than ever before, Indiana University President Michael McRobbie noted the institution is, by many measures, predominantly female.

But one place that’s not true is the IU Kelley School of Business. And the discrepancy has taken on new relevance thanks to a controversy involving one of the school’s professors.

Idalene “Idie” Kesner, dean of the Kelley School, and IU Bloomington Provost Lauren Robel issued separate statements condemning Professor Eric Rasmusen’s social media posts last week. Both described Rasmusen’s posts as sexist, racist and homophobic. In response, Rasmussen defended his views, challenged sections of Robel’s statement and accused the university of encouraging bias by condemning a “dissident professor.”

Although Robel wrote that controversial posts are nothing new for Rasmusen, a recent post resulted in numerous calls for him to be fired, something she has declined to do, citing the tenured professor’s right to free speech.

Rasmusen recently tweeted a link to an article titled “Are Women Destroying Academia? Probably,” written by Lance Welton. The Twitter account @SheRatesDogs — which has more than 400,000 followers — retweeted Rasmusen’s post, commenting “Man you guys know I hate leaving names in, but this can’t continue being a thing.”

Kesner is hoping the recent controversy doesn’t deter women from enrolling at the Kelley School.
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