I want to pose a question to professors in religious studies: do you share your “religious” identity or affiliation (or disaffiliation) with students? Why or why not? Have you had positive of negative experiences as a result of sharing?
I currently don’t share with students, primarily because I don’t want them to project a bias onto me. Of course I don’t think any instructor is “neutral”—that strikes me as a naive goal—but I don’t want students to be simply dismissive of what I say in class because of their stereotypes of my identity or affiliation.
I’m not sure this is the best policy, and it’s something I think about revising every year. What say you?