Loc: Pittsburgh, PA
Tell me about it..... They just put an indoor football field up a year after an all new field! At the same time they just cut a huge part of the funding for the new stage and i no longer get the new lights they promised me 2 years ago! Keep in mind the School districts budget is $92 million dollors a year, and the city of Pittsburgh has a budget of $200 million a year!<br><br>Oh by the way I am the Lighting Designer for the High School if you were wondering. <br><br>
I went to a big state school as an undergraduate, and then to one of the top two or three universities in the country as a graduate student. In both places I encountered professors who were professors in the full sense of the word--that is, they taught, they did research and published it, and they performed a variety of administrative functions. Of course there were some individuals who were less successful as teachers than others, but my impression then, and my impression now, is that a professor who does not do some research and publishing is not doing what is necessary to be a good teacher. I'd bet that in Sean's school, as in mine, even though the two are "teaching" rather than research institutions, there is an expectation that professors will do research and publish it.<br><br>It's true that at research universities those poor folks who are still untenured must absolutely devote themselves to getting their first book published, and as a result their teaching sometimes suffers. And no doubt sometimes the habit of shortchanging teaching for the sake of research will continue after the person is tenured. But, again in my experience, that happens much less frequently than one might suspect. In fact, I'd say that the university and college system in this country is quite possibly the most effective, best system in the world, and the professoriate here is quite possibly the best as well. Some of that has to do with the American approach to education, which is much more practical in its application than the approaches elsewhere in the world. But a lot of it has to do with the fact that all institutions here require the full spectrum of work fromtheir professors--teaching, research, and administration. The same is often not true elsewhere in the world.<br><br>Great wits are sure to madness near allied.--John Dryden, "Absalom and Achitophel"
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as much as i enjoy watching college basketball, i also think that the athletic programs are a huge problem for universities. you mention football being a money maker...football costs a lot of of money. when i was at the university of kansas in 1992, our team finished in the top 10 in football (a freak accident to be sure). we went to a bowl game and beat UCLA. great year, except that the football team ended up spending more money than they brought in. they lost money even during a highly successful year. 95% of the athletic programs are losing money (greater percentage if you include division II and III, too). division I athletics have become a training ground for athletes where the academics often fall into the background. i am very much opposed to this model. i would much rather see caps on the percentage of money that can be spent on athletics. then again, some universities spend mucho more money on athletic tutoring centers with specialized staff to help keep athletes eligible. why not open this up to every students? i could have used some free tutoring in human physiology or kinesiology. also, there is far too much practice time allowed for athletes...cut it way back at every university and allow those athlete/students to become students first -- nobody gains an advantage if everyone cuts back on practice time. cut the salaries of the coaches so they are more in line with professors (this is already the case at many smaller universities). don't let coaches get the money from shoe deals -- why should they get this money? let the university use those extra funds for more scholarships for students or more technology, etc. for all current students. no university is going to change unless they all do. nobody wants to lose the competitive edge. time to build a new, state-of-the-art weight training center to keep up with nebraska. class schmash! win, win, win, win = money, money, money, money.<br><br>[color:blue] -sean</font color=blue>
Yeah, unless you're talking about Nebraska, Miami or the big boy on the block (Notre Dame), football isn't going to "give" you as much money as it will "take."<br><br><br>[color:red]semicolon dash parenthesis</font color=red>
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you got it. we have 4 criteria to meet in our journy towards tenure: teaching (most important), scholarship (second most important), unit and university service (committee work in our department and the university), and community service (in my experience, this is a "who cares" category, but it's good to have at least something to say here). student evaluations weigh heavily here, as do your peer evaluations each semester. i am required to have a tenured faculty member watch me teach once a semster. this person then provides me with feedback and writes the feedback for all to see. my wife and i were trained at a top program like you were and we learned to value the scholarship side of things very much. we learned how valuable the research can be in improving the content of what is taught to students everywhere. one good article and the impact can be enormous. we are trying to get published and present at conferences as much here as we would if we were working at a research institution just in case we want to make the transition at some point. but, first and foremost, we teach and try and teach well. that's what counts here, but will largely be ignored if we ever decide to move to a research institution. like trog said, get published enough and obtain enough external funding and you're golden. <br><br>[color:blue] -sean</font color=blue>
Hey, it sounds like you guys copied our system--or maybe we copied yours! As chair of my dept. this year, I also have to visit every single one of the people who teach in my dept. at least once per semester. That's 19 souls I have to visit--and then write up a response, and discuss it with the person. Oh what bliss that is, let me tell you!<br><br>I've discovered that as I get older, the community service stuff becomes more and more important. I've gotten involved in the town as a member of the trustees of the public library, as consultant with the school board, as interpreter for fokls whose English is not as good as their Spanish. It keeps me busy, but makes me feel I'm actually doing something useful for people.<br><br>Great wits are sure to madness near allied.--John Dryden, "Absalom and Achitophel"
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