The Implications of the Northwestern Study, or: Oh God Jordan Weissman What Have Ye Wrought

10 09 2013

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.


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…

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3 responses

10 09 2013
Rebecca Schuman

SWEET. Thanks!!!!!!

10 09 2013
Rebecca Schuman

Also, my sentences are just way too long. It’s an issue.

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