18 Teachers At BYU You Should Avoid

** THIS IS NOT A BLACKLIST. This is not commentary on anything BYU teachers have said. Don’t believe the media’s lies. You can make up your own mind about these screenshots, with no input from me. I personally think they include some rhetoric that should be avoided. That’s it. ABC4 and any BYU employees involved in their attack piece about this article need to give a correction and apology.**

1. Adam Durfee

Communications Adjunct Instructor

2. Jason Kerr

Humanities Assistant Professor





3. Edward L. Carter

Professor and Director of the School of Communications

4. Heather Belnap

Humanities Associate Professor



5. Joel Campbell

Humanities Associate Teaching Professor



6. Matthew Ancell

Humanities Associate Professor

7. Dale Cressman

Communications Associate Professor




8. Teresa Reber Bell

Humanities Associate Professor




9. Lee Essig

Family Life, Adjunct

10. Andre Radke-Moss

BYU-I Associate Dean of Faculty Development

11. Rebecca DeSchweinitz

History Associate Professor

12. Spencer Fluhman

History Associate Professor

13. Valerie Hegstrom

Humanities Coordinator, Global Womens Studies / Professor, Spanish & Portuguese

14. Roni Jo Draper

School of Education Professor

















(Some images removed per request)

15-18. Brigham Daniels, Kristin Gerdy Kyle, Matthew Jennejohn, Michalyn Steele

BYU Law Professor of Law, Teaching Professor of Law, Associate Professor of Law, Associate Professor of Law

72 Replies to “18 Teachers At BYU You Should Avoid”

  1. Some of these are legitimately concerning; others are rather flimsy, and seem to have been deemed unfit for their positions by simple virtue of liberal politics and/or speaking against President Trump. To include both in the list weakens its impact, though I suppose you haven’t actually made the claim that all (or, really, any) of these professors are in apostasy, merely that they should be avoided.

    In my view, #3, #6, #7, #8, #11, #12, #13, and #15-18 are relatively easy picks for removing from the list of potentially apostate professors. If you want to avoid them based on liberal politics, more power to you, I guess. But including an entry like Matthew Ancell, whose damning crime is his personal desire for Jason Chaffetz to investigate the President, alongside such clownish wackos as Roni Jo Draper and Andre Radke-Moss, is strange to me.

    1. I’m with you! When you keep those people on the list, it seems like the list is attacking those with democratic views, instead of pointing out serious problems in some BYU professors

  2. I have to agree with the other commenters that you’ve mixed two or three “off the deep end” people with people who just disagree re politics. For example, there is nothing at all damaging to the Kingdom of God in opposing the Kavanaugh nomination, whereas the ideology and signaling on display in #2 are really troubling. Equating harmful theological and cultural views with opposing Trump is a disservice to the cause. Trump is personally a wicked person, whatever good his election may have done. It makes me happy there are Latter-day Saints who oppose him.

    1. Are you implying that Hillary Clinton(soon to be prosecuted for criminal behavior) and
      Bernie Sanders(a committed communist masquerading as being merely a socialist) are the paragons of virtue when compared to Trump?

  3. Oh pleeeeease. So this list is a list of anyone that’s not a Trump-loving sheep? Seriously, some of the brightest, most spiritual, incredibly caring professors are on this list and you clearly don’t know what you’re talking about. This is more embarrassing for you than anyone listed above. Check yourself before you wreck yourself. Seriously. Byyyyyyyyyye.

    1. Do you think the Lord favors a party that promotes abortion? There may well be some shame among LDS dems when the Savior asks them what they did to save the lives of His little ones?

      1. Do you think the Lord favors party that lets children die? Faith healing is just as bad abortion. Let’s see the GOP take a stand on that topic! Remember what Jesus said to the rich man who wanted to get into heaven, he didn’t say keep hoarding your money and don’t give it away. So when you favored policies that support the rich and not the poor you are like this rich man.

    1. >accuses someone of being self righteous
      >resorts to name calling
      I imagine you win a lot of internet arguments don’t you?

  4. Thank you so much for putting together such a great list of people to watch for at the various BYU campuses. I will make sure that my friends sync each one are signing up for their classes!

  5. Thank you for providing an excellent list of professors to take classes from should either of our teens decide to attend BYU!

  6. What a great list of professors to take classes from. I will be sure to recommend these all to my BYU friends since I’m no longer there!

  7. The only reason you can find reason to criticize these professors is because they put their name to their opinions. They didn’t hide behind a pen name, or psuedonym. It doesn’t take a lot of bravery to express your opinion with you name attached to it, and yet this writer fails to meet that low standard. I really wish the feckless hack behind this post had the same level of courage when taking their cheap shots. I find it hard to accept someone’s critical opinion of anything when that person won’t even say who they are, or why their opinion should matter. Thanks for the textbook example of cowardice.

    And thanks for telling people which professors they should take classes from. I had classes from three of the professors you listed, and they were among my favorites.

  8. Wow–BYU seems a lot cooler than when I attended in the 1980s! Thanks for giving me a list of great profs in case my kids decide to attend!

  9. Hey Righteous Dominion,
    Just wanted to come clean since you don’t seem to have great research skills, and some of your followers aren’t quite sure I measure up. In addition to commenting about the growth of feminism in Utah Valley to a Daily Universe reporter, you might want to know that I participated in the 2017 Women’s March in SLC to protest the current president’s inauguration–and have had nothing good to say about him since. In the last year I’ve attended protests about gun control and BYU’s HCO, as well as events to support LGBTQ students. The bulletin board outside my office door has a rainbow sticker for a reason. I, too, loved Bryan Stevenson’s Forum Address–and raved about it afterward, on social media and to my classes. (Many of my students were there anyway since I talked it up beforehand and arranged for some of them to be seated on the Marriott Center floor, near the podium. I also blessed Stevenson and the important work he’s doing in a prayer said over lunch with BYU administrators and a few faculty after the Forum.) I publically opposed Kavanaugh’s confirmation and disagree with pretty much everything Mike Lee says and does. #metoo. Thanks to the amazing art of Marlena Wilding, and the theologizing of Janan Graham-Russell, I imagine Eve and Heavenly Mother as Black Women. I regularly teach U.S. Women’s History and African American History. You can imagine we talk about things like women’s rights, patriarchy, race, priviledge, gender socialization, social justice, reparations, intersectionality, activism, civil rights, police brutality, lynching, sexual assault, and, of course, feminism. Happy to be in such good company. I could also recommend a few more for your list.

    1. >The bulletin board outside my office door has a rainbow sticker for a reason.
      That reason is not because she wishes to remember God’s covenant with Noah, but because she wishes to mock God’s covenant by turning his symbol into support for poop-dicking.

    2. Dr. de Schweinitz,

      Not taking a class from you while I was still at BYU was always something I regretted a little bit. Now I regret it a lot.

      Thanks for making BYU a safe, welcoming, and thought-provoking place.

  10. I’m now totally in love with Rebecca de Schweinitz. I had no idea BYU has such amazing humans on faculty.

    Thank you for this list of honorable humans.

  11. So. Let me get this straight– students should only take classes from those who think like them, worship like them, vote like them, and love like them. Oh. Cool. Cool. I thought college was about learning and growing. But no. Let’s just stay in our own conservative bubbles, never challenging our own opinions and biases. That’s silly. We can’t THINK. Good heavens what might happen then?? We might change or grow or discover we were WRONG. OH NO! HOW AWFUL!

    (This comment has been brought to you by a BYU alum who learned the most from professors who challenged her way of thinking. Peace out.)

  12. This list is just the tip of the iceberg. BYU is full of people who want everyone to have equality, step into their own voices, have their own opinions AND they model that in their own lives.

  13. Dear Righteous Dominion/AKA Joe McCarthy,

    Thanks for providing this list of professors who actually have some courage, and who aren’t afraid to stand up against people like you who attempt to cow them into silence. As a former BYU student myself, I’ll be sure to pass this list along to any friends or relatives attending BYU, but as a list of profs worth checking out.

  14. Hey there. Grateful to have made this list, although several people have complained that your first attempt was much too flimsy; there are A TON of professors you missed. If you decided to do one on about 200 professors, let me know, because it seems like you only tapped one corner of campus for your first draft. I’ve been informed that BYUs biologists, geologists, physicists, and astronomers want you to do another one that represents the BYU professors that are studying climate change, evolutionary sciences, among other things that you and Donalt Trump may find uncomfortable. Also, many of the people in the religion department would probably also make your naughty list.

    1. The Lord often picks the unlikeliest paople to move forward His plans. Think of Balaam, Samson, Paul and others. DonalD Trump fits the mold. Will the LDS dems be smiling should, at the judgment bar, the Savior asks: “And what did you do to save the lives of my little ones?”

  15. I love the family proclamation, I oppose foul language, and I believe this post should be taken down.

    There are legitimate concerns here, and there are views well within mainstream latter-day saint thought that ought to be at BYU.

  16. Thanks for the guide! I know a few poor kids at BYU who think there are no teachers who will understand them but are worried they’ll lose a bunch of useless religion credits if they transfer out, so they stick it out. Now I know which ones I can recommend!

  17. Thanks for the list! One glaring omission is the so called “climate change” of the liberal left. We know that Jesus loves coal and created this planet so humans could exercise our God-given self interest in depositing pollutants in all corners of the world. I’ve heard that some of the “professors” at BYU have taken to teaching that microplastics fill our oceans and are causing “irreversible” damage to both marine life and the food chain. As a fellow conservative, I know that this is part of GODS PLAN for this planet, and we shouldn’t interfere. Instead, we should continue the unabated depositing of chemicals and materials into our oceans and soils, because God created this planet for us, and that’s what we do. God bless America!

  18. Well now I have a personal mission to go back and shake each one of their hands.
    Thank you for this. I will be certain to recommend these professors to all BYU students I meet.

  19. Thank you so much for putting together this list of amazing individuals teaching at BYU. I will make sure to share your list with my sister who has just enrolled so that she can sign up for their classes!

  20. Professor Kristin Gerdy and I disagree about politics, but I absolutely love her. If I had avoided her, as you suggest, I would not be where I am today. I directly relied on public speaking skills she taught me during the interview that got me my job. I rely daily on the writing skills she taught me. I am a better and more complete person because I chose not to be afraid to love, respect, and learn from someone with whom I disagree. Step out of your bubble. Don’t live in an echo chamber.

  21. Wow! Thank you thank you thank you for this! This gives me so much hope for Utah and for Mormonism. I can’t say I wholeheartedly agree with each position presented, however I am overjoyed to see these positions represented at what I thought was A school I would have my children avoid.

    If my kids ever attend BYU, I will have them seek these professors out.

    Thank you again!

  22. What a bunch of flaming liberal readers you have here. I am appalled at the knee jerk support of these far left instructors who who attack everything good in our society and blindly follow the perverse liberal line. So glad my kids are past school age.

    1. Yes you are tunnel-visioned by you closed-minded learning experience. We won’t hold that against you.

  23. Professor Durfee took a 40% pay cut to help his students be more prepared for the work force. He is an extremely knowledgable teacher and amazing human being in general. I love taking classes from him!

  24. Hi! Current BYU student and former student of Jason Kerr. I am forever thankful for his class on British Literary History because he was one of the first teachers I’ve ever had who did not romanticize European literature during colonialism and slavery as I have had done during my junior high and high school years of being in this state. He frequently bore testimony of the Gospel of Jesus Christ and helped us see the beauty and power of many Christian writers, poets, and bishops during the apostasy and value their impact many have on our understanding of the Atonement of Jesus Christ. While I may not agree with every single one of his political views and the other teachers on this list, neither do I do with my own family! BUT for him and Roni- who is such a warm, wonderful soul that instantly makes you feel the love of the Savior every time you meet her – I wouldn’t trade anything in having had them during my stay at BYU and I hope to continue to take classes from them until I graduate. They, like my own family members with differing views, have expanded my worldview and compassion and empathy with others. They bring diversity and different perspectives and views to not only my education and political views but even to the gospel of Jesus Christ I would be lacking without. They have strengthened my testimony of the Savior and have brought the Spirit of the Lord with them when they have spoken truth. I will gladly spread this list so more students at BYU may have the same oppurtunities I’ve had and can become more enlightened, thoughtful, and productive members of our society and within the Church.

  25. Seems like one of the more idiotic lists I’ve seem in a while. …or satire. The list seems to encompass those who epitomize true morals and integrity. About the only people I’d want to avoid at BYU are anyone associated with putting together this list.

  26. Agree on Roni Jo Draper, but not because of her politics. She’s just a fraud. You see her make all those posts about loving and accepting LGBT people, but she picks and chooses who to accept based on what makes her image look good. She only accepts high profile gay people who will destroy her image if she doesn’t give full support. It’s all about optics for her, not about being a Christlike person like she claims. Regardless of your political or religious views on LGBT people, you gotta at least demand integrity of a person, and Dr. Draper has none. She’s a shitty person.

  27. I’m truly offended that I didn’t make this list. Perhaps a refresher course in research skills is needed righteousdominion?

    In all seriousness though, this is scary and dangerous thinking. What have we become if we start publishing lists of people to avoid instead of people to embrace just because they may think differently? We’re better than this; at least we should be. Please quit bullying these people and take this shameful post down. It’s the right thing to do, and I would hope somewhere you know this.

    1. Quite the contrary, they did this to get more people to take notice of these great professors and get more support to them. Isn’t this list great. They don’t know how much they empowered the cause.

  28. I only know Jason and Roni, but they are two of the most Christlike people I’ve ever known. If people like them weren’t at BYU, I would shudder to send my children there. Take a step back, you have completely missed the point of the gospel.

  29. There’s more to this story than noted here. Some BYU professors are in direct conflict with church doctrines. I’m not concerned with their political beliefs unless they are challenging church doctrine such as progression between the Telelestial, Terrestial and Celestial kingdoms after death, openly challenging the church on it’s stance of LBGTQ and abortion on Facebook. Attendance at church for them is an on and off meeting attendance to reach the minimum for endorsement. Most professors are solid and in support of doctrine. I think we need to be careful though of any list. It’s kinda scarry to put people on a list. It’s like a witch hunt. The university should clean up periodically when they find false doctrine being taught but otherwise diversity and having an opinion is good.

    1. Are you unaware that there have been apostles who taught about progression between the 3 kingdoms after death?

  30. This list disgusts me in that you are attacking people for having the freedom of speech. I’m also DISGUSTED that you put Michalyn Steele on this list. She is one of the finest female professors I have EVER met. Just because people disagree with you doesn’t give you the right to post their content on your page like some stalker. As long as a person isn’t threatening someone’s life and safety, they shouldn’t be on this list. Shame on you. What would Christ do?

  31. On entry #14, you need to remove the first and 10th pictures. I did not consent to you using pictures of my child for your article. It’s unsettling that you feel the need to use pictures of a young kid to support your argument. Take them down.

  32. Thanks – this list gave me the good laugh I needed today. Every community has its nuts, but I genuinely love my own for having more than its fair share. Never a dull moment here in happy valley. Go cougars!

  33. Light is and excellent disinfectant. Keep shining it. I wish I had known what some of my professors and fellow students really believed and practiced when I was at the Y.

  34. Thank you so much for this information! I’ve been truly afraid to send my kids to ANY university. Their minds aren’t safe anywhere- and this proves it. Thank you for bringing awareness to a HUGE problem!

  35. So funny reading all the opinions from the progressive jackboots as they try to silence yet another opinion that differs from their own. And they claim to be so open-minded. What a gas!

  36. Some of these professors really aren’t bad, they’re just partisan. I had several of them when I went. But it’s also very disheartening to see them be so partisan and to bring that to the classroom.

  37. As a BYU alumnus, I would like to weigh in on this discussion. First, to the complainer that the author of “righteous dominion” is anonymous or using a pseudonym: So what? Pseudonyms have been used and are used for legitimate reasons (see The Federalist Papers, among others). Besides, here’s a great quote from Thomas Paine: “Who the author of this production is, is wholly unnecessary to the Public, as the Object of Attention is the doctrine itself, not the Man.” Second, I had only one BYU professor with whom I took exception with–a Botany prof who gave me a C because we disagreed on how much damage people were doing to the planet (sound familiar?). I would be happy to have any of these above-mentioned instructors because it would be a great mental exercise debating them. One thing I have experienced in debating lefties: as soon as I get the upper hand (which happens almost without exception because I come to the battle with facts and the truth) they start with the ad hominem attacks, or change the subject, or, and this is my favorite: “You’re mean!” I will end with this: Pres Harold B Lee and Pres Ezra Taft Benson both said the definition of “a liberal Mormon is a Mormon without a testimony.”

  38. Jesus challenged cultural normals, he challenged complacency in religious practice, and he challenged looking down our noses at people who think and act in ways that we deem “unworthy.” Now, I don’t agree with the opinions of every professor on this list, but BYU is made a better place for having a diversity of opinions and perspectives. We are made better when people challenge our assumptions and when we have the opportunity to really understand what we believe in contrast to what we don’t believe. Opposition in all things, right?

    But besides all that, as many have already observed, it looks like most of the people who made it on to this list are only there because they don’t support Donald Trump, which is utterly absurd. Even the Church, which avoids the endorsement or condemnation of any political candidate, has released responses contradicting and condemning toxic rhetoric that Trump and his supporters have used. I mean, if the problem is really with these professors’ rhetoric as you claim, could you add some people to your list who speak with incredibly abusive and demeaning language in favor of conservative ideologies? Because right now it just looks like a partisan list where you slander democrats, which is pathetic at best. All political parties are deeply flawed and have nothing to do with religion, so why are we pretending that if it’s “conservative,” it’s righteous. Jesus certainly didn’t make judgements based on politics. After all, he had an apostle who was a tax collector for the Romans, which many at the time would have considered politically questionable. But we don’t call Matthew’s testimony into question, because his politics don’t make him any less a disciple of Christ.

    Finally, a person’s political opinions does not determine whether or not he or she is a skilled teacher, so why is that the measure by which we are discouraging people to work with certain professors?

    p.s. How did Dr. Fluhman end up on this list? He posted a link to a BYU publication about a BYU sponsored event. He was easily the best professor I had in any religion course and dealt with the complicated issues of Church history with honesty and insight. It strengthened my support of the Church rather than diminished it. I would 100% recommend him.

  39. Thank you for this sufficiently documented list. I hope the professors who offered more names will follow through with it, to give those like me a real choice. This is a time of choosing, and a day of division.

    Many can surely be found to screech on either side of the topic. But after us who find it valuable, the second audience of this post is the people who have collected tithes of their Master’s flock for so long, and spent them on this school. Do they wish the school and its future students to navigate rough waters and continue to excel, or to begin to sink in the storms of popular ideology, and finally become submersed in one-directional empathy as sanctioned by position-holders?

    The problem addressed here is not one of diversity of opinion (which is valuable and needed), nor one of providing leftist students with comfortable or interesting options of study (bereft of social or financial merit though they may sadly be), as if they had no place. All people are people, whether they’re Trump supporters like myself who are unenthused to see teachers verbally assail their beloved political leaders on-line, or abortion proponents, or those cautious of cultural replacement, or those hungry to answer historical demographic discord with ever more immigration, or those of any other opinion. Having a discussion is not a problem; it’s a solution that is only reached through unfettered communication.

    But what a list like this aims at is the problem of creating and strengthening a leftward political bent by indoctrination of the young, those too inexperienced and institutionally unprotected to have a balanced discussion whenever teachers begin to feel too strongly about their opinions. This is self-evidently the current phenomenon at universities across the country, and even across the earth, and now it has come to BYU.

    Teachers do not advance education by swaying students to their political views. If they understand this fact, as most at CES schools do, and are careful to do their jobs by restricting themselves to subject relevance or by balancing their lectures with empathy sufficiently broad to encompass dissent, few will complain.

    The faculty members identified here have begun to stake out identifiably partisan positions in public. The list, then, also has a third audience. It gives an invitation to those on it, or those who should be on it, or claim that they wish to be on it, to ask themselves: are you including and respecting everybody in your classes, even those who disagree with your political passions, and those outside of your classrooms whose voices you may prejudicially judge as unqualified? Are you respecting Trump voters? Are you respecting “straight, white males”? Are you respecting other conservatives and traditionalists, without labelling them toxic or demanding reform of their views? Are you preparing your students to respect these fellow human beings? Are you cautiously handling the impressionable souls that come to you, and honouring the sacred emotional investments of their parents?

    Please do so, and we can expect productive unity. Do otherwise, and we will all, unfortunately, have to go the way of the world. Because people in 2019 have seen what robotic social reprogramming has accomplished so far, and have moved beyond their tolerance for it. And for many, BYU and its sponsors are a final refuge, a point past which there may be no return of civility.

    1. Thank you, Steve; very eloquently stated. Reading the responses and seeing the posts of many of those on this list demonstrates beyond dispute that they are acting like junior high schoolers happy to poke mommy and daddy in the eye. They don’t want their views just to be heard, they want them accepted, even applauded and celebrated, regardless of how contrary to gospel teachings they may be. And it is done just for the rebelliousness of it. Sadly, it is the norm in society and even becoming the norm at BYU.

  40. Steve, I believe many of your concerns here are unfounded. You talk about professors strong opinions being the doctrine with which students are brainwashed, but I can’t help but call into question the evidence. Your concerns here are based on the reasoning of some anonymous individual who curated this list based, not on any experience with their syllabi, teaching, readings, or assignments, or tendency to communicate personal views in class, but merely on a collection of tweets. Do you feel that these tweets give you any real indication into how these people teach their courses? Have you even bothered to look into how they have been evaluated by the students who actually take their courses? I think you aught to look more closely before making assumptions about these professors and their “indoctrination of the young”.

    I am a professor that happened to make it onto this list, though I’m not thrilled about it. Not because I feel concerned about any witch-hunt or attempt to shame or scare me. I’m not concerned about any retaliation against myself of my colleagues who made or didn’t make this list. But I am not happy because lists like this only serve as tools of division. They further isolate one group from the other, feeding cultural tribalism that makes enemies of family and neighbors. They promote fear and hostility rather than unity and trust.

    To that end, I hope that you find some reassurance in my responses to your questions.

    “Are you including and respecting everybody in your classes, even those who disagree with your political passions, and those outside of your classrooms whose voices you may prejudicially judge as unqualified?”

    Naturally. Respect is of utmost importance.

    “Are you respecting Trump voters?”

    I respect all people, as we are all human and children of God. However, I believe disagreement is a key component of respect. What is respect if conformity is the expectation? Respect does not require that I agree with one’s views or who they voted for, nor does respect mean denying my right to stand against what I believe to be wrong, even if it means opposing someone they voted for. If a person feels I must not speak out against Trump to respect them as a person, then it would be that person’s choice to be offended, where no offense was meant.

    “Are you respecting ‘straight, white males’?”

    I am a straight, white male, as are half the people on this list. We can respect, love, and honor straight, white males, while also recognizing the privileges of the same and giving special attention to demographics who have not been as fortunate as straight, white men. But again, I believe it would be a misunderstand to assume that recognizing privilege or dealing with oppression would equate to disrespect.

    “Are you respecting other conservatives and traditionalists, without labelling them toxic or demanding reform of their views?“

    As you can imagine, many of my students consider themselves such, and we have managed to have wonderful conversations that were edifying for all. I have yet to receive a comment in student evaluations of my classes where a student felt that any view was disrespected. On the contrary, most students feel I expect all students to engage and empathize with all perspectives, regardless of their personal views. I require the same of myself. I identify as politically independent and ideologically moderate. I understand that politics, ideology, religion, and other domains are complex and multifaceted and are too difficult to be consigned to a right and a wrong. As church leaders have stated repeatedly in recent years, “the church does not endorse, promote or oppose political parties” and that “principles compatible with the gospel are found in both political parties”. I strongly believe this. However, when I am suddenly demonized, accused of indoctrinating youth, and deemed suspicious and avoidable as a teacher, because I merely voiced an opinion contrary to popular conversation views, I’m sure you could imagine how I might consider that disrespectful. I am being labeled toxic. The demand to reform views is on me by people like the author of this post, not a demand I make upon my students.

    “Are you preparing your students to respect these fellow human beings?”

    Yes. Cultivating empathy and understanding in diversity naturally leads to respect, even in disagreement. Are you?

    Are you cautiously handling the impressionable souls that come to you, and honouring the sacred emotional investments of their parents?

    Learning is a sacred gift. I cherish learning and growth more than almost anything. I take very seriously the opportunity I have to play a minor part in helping others on their path of learning. I do honor the parents, however, the sacred investment I honor is that of my Heavenly Parents. They have allowed me to be here. They lead the students to the places they should be, knowing beforehand what students need to hear. They have trusted me enough to grant me the opportunity to teach at BYU, and that knowledge is something I hold dear to my heart.

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