So I was reading this post from Pan Kisses Kafka and desperately trying to figure out what the best 140 characters to tweet would be. I couldn’t do it, so I figured why not just reblog the whole thing? After all, it fits today’s theme so well.
Originally posted on pan kisses kafka:
I am writing this reaction to Jordan Weissman’s recent article in the Atlantic, “Study: Tenured Professors Make Worse Teachers,” with several obvious (and at times conflicting) agendas.
Agenda One: I’m faculty who works off the tenure track, and I also work very hard to be an extraordinary professor, so I certainly appreciate the finding—flawed as it may be—that college freshmen at Northwestern University slightly prefer their non-tenure-track faculty to their superstars (maybe they all had a class with one professor there who shall remain nameless, but who gave a highly-paid invited talk at OSU last year, and who is just the kind of pompous, inaccessible dickbag who makes people hate tenured professors).
I can’t say I don’t get a bit of smug satisfaction that while the FULLPROFs of the world strut around delighted at how much better they are than the likes of me, the likes of me are the ones who really seem to be connecting with students…by a 7% margin, which, come on, is completely negligible in everything but Presidential elections and hill steepness. So there’s that. So the first thing that compromises my agenda is the realization that even if contingent faculty outperform their tenure-track counterparts by the problematic, rather intangible standard of “inspiration,” we barely do.