I would actually venture to say that this is very opposite of what I would consider Ivory-Tower-think. I don't know about other schools' curricula, but at the institution I recently graduated from, there was a course called Programming Languages. The whole point of this course was to introduce us to the 6 or so major programming paradigms (Functional, Procedural, Generic, OO, Declarative(?)... ok, so it's been a few years).
There was a little traffic on the Perl6 internals mailing list right after the Little Languages conference at MIT. While the focus was to clearly bring acadamia and real-world programming some mutual understanding, Around the edges there were brief, playfully pointed jokes mentioning ML and Scheme and the like.
That and my experiences at my own college suggest that the University you contacted was definitely the exception, not the rule, by limiting themselves to OO languages.