Changing the Culture of Science Education at Research Universities

March 9, 2011 at 9:14 am 2 comments

A particularly appropriate post, given SIGCSE this week:

Professors have two primary charges: generate new knowledge and educate students. The reward systems at research universities heavily weight efforts of many professors toward research at the expense of teaching, particularly in disciplines supported extensively by extramural funding ( 1). Although education and lifelong learning skills are of utmost importance in our rapidly changing, technologically dependent world ( 2), teaching responsibilities in many STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) disciplines have long had the derogatory label “teaching load” ( 3,  4). Some institutions even award professors “teaching release” as an acknowledgment of their research accomplishments and success at raising outside research funds.

via an article from Jan 14, 2011 Science Magazine.

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  • […] am concerned about that the emphasis on post-docs even more heavily weights research (over teaching) in hiring, tenure, and promotion decisions.  I have not heard of a post-doc on teaching.  Faculty candidates who have had a post-doc will […]

  • 2. gasstationwithoutpumps  |  March 9, 2011 at 12:28 pm

    “Teaching Load” is a general administrative term in academia, not restricted to STEM fields. It is not a derogatory term, any more than “workload” is.

    It is true that research universities often prioritize research over teaching, and that “buyouts” for reduced teaching by researchers with a lot of funding are common. These buyouts often fund teaching by much more competent teachers, though, so are not necessarily a bad thing for the teaching mission.


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