Fish’s view of the role of the university

Stanley Fish writes in the Lamp:

Nothing in our charters, employment contracts, or compliance requirements directs us or authorizes us to play a role on the world’s stage. No applicant for a position is asked to produce political credentials; the credentials you must produce are academic. What training have you had in the field in which you propose to teach? What writings of yours have been accepted at leading journals? What new paths of research do you intend to go down? Those are the questions, not what rallies do you pledge to attend or what causes do you promise to fight for? An interviewer wants to know if you will be a competent academic performer, not if you will be a good person on the right side or on any side.