Monday, September 23, 2013

My Academic Home

This is where I am now teaching and how the institution views itself. It is all about rankings and striving to be number one. It is the most competitive environment I've encountered, extremely focused on measurable outcomes.

I absolutely love where I am teaching. It aligns well with my nature and my interests. I love math, especially statistics. I teach within the undergraduate quantitative economics program. Numbers make sense to me. Statements without data are beliefs — and I don't have faith in those.

Student evaluations of professors are published online for all to see every seven weeks. There is pressure to get the best test scores, best evaluations, most grant monies, and so on. Metrics and more metrics. Comparing how the university operates to current debates among writing (composition and rhetoric) teacher-scholars is fascinating.

http://www.tepper.cmu.edu/about-tepper/school-mission/index.aspx

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