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Topic: Re: Are Tenure Track Professors Better Teachers?
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Phil Mahler

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Re: Are Tenure Track Professors Better Teachers?
Posted: Sep 15, 2013 2:00 PM
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I agree with Alain's statement below.

If there is a conclusion to be drawn from the referenced article it is that when one is allowed to focus on teaching, one teaches better. I believe that is generally true. Of course this study refers to one selective university, but I think the statement is true.

But the fact that 3/4 of math courses in community colleges are taught by non-full-time faculty is problematic in the areas outside of the classroom: advising, curriculum development, office hours ? . For which I absolutely do not blame these individuals, who, as I said, deliver quality instruction. But if they were full-time they could be more familiar with curriculum for advising and development needs, they would have more contacts with students, they would be more involved in general governance.

The well-being of an institution of higher education at any level needs much attention outside of the classroom.

I find it a shame that more of these individuals in our community colleges are not put into full-time positions, with benefits. Although I fully understand the reason: economics.


On Sep 15, 2013, at 12:01 AM, Alain Schremmer <> wrote:
> On Sep 14, 2013, at 11:58 AM, Richard Hake wrote:

>> Scott Jaschik (2013) in his "Inside Higher Ed" report "The Adjunct
>> Advantage" at <> has pointed to "Are Tenure
>> Track Professors Better Teachers?" [Figlio et al. (2013) at <

> This is silly: why should they be?

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