Good quote about faculty work

A prerequisite for a successful scientific career is an enthusiastic willingness to pore through the minutiae of subjects that 99.9 percent of Earth’s population find screamingly dull. The Wizard and the Prophet, p. 148.

How not to be a professor

Mr. Dillon describes himself as a “prickly guy,” but it may be more accurate to say he is the antitenure crowd’s straw man made flesh. In his 34 years at Charleston, he has received three official letters of reprimand, along with many negative evaluations from his supervisors and his students. (A sample review from…

Contingent faculty are better teachers than tenure track faculty

This study makes use of detailed student-level data from eight cohorts of first-year students at Northwestern University to investigate the relative effects of tenure track/tenured versus contingent faculty on student learning. We focus on classes taken during a student’s first term at Northwestern and employ an identification strategy in which we control for both student-level…

LSU offers faculty buyouts

What is interesting is that the amounts have been published; I usually don’t see this in articles about buyouts. A year’s salary is also the largest buyout I have come across: LSU’s Law Center is offering an incentive to seven professors if they retire next summer as it looks to cut costs amid a dwindling…

First, they came for the career associate professors

A judge has proposed firing Moulay Tidriri, an Iowa State University associate professor of mathematics, because of “unacceptable” performance in his teaching, research and service over a five-year period, according to a recommendation issued by an administrative law judge.