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Professors, Politics, and Purpose
An interesting article in Inside HigherEd reporting on survey data that shed interesting light on what university professors believe and how they conceptualize their role.
Among some of the more interesting findings, there have been huge increases in the number of professors who see their role as encouraging the development of personal values and emotional growth and enhancing self-understanding and that of other racial and ethnic groups.
The article also reported new survey data on the political biases of faculty, broken down by type of institution. The breakdown at private, 4-year, non-religious institutions like Dartmouth is:
Dartblog’s own data on Ivy League college faculty and staff donations over the 2008 election cycle, published in the lead up to the election, tends to confirm such an ideological imbalance and suggests that this ideology extends past attitudes to actions.
In terms of political attitudes, the balance is significantly more conservative (or less liberal), relatively but not in absolute terms at public, Catholic, and alternatively religious institutions.
The article and survey also present interesting figures about faculty course loads, research, teaching strategies, and test administration.
October 18, 2009
When Love Beckoned in 52nd Street
We were at San Francisco’s BIX last evening, enjoying prosecco, cheese, and a bit of music. A full year of inhabitation in Northern California has unraveled to me no decent venue for proper lounging, but…
October 9, 2009
D Afraid of a Little Competish
So our colleague and Dartblog writer Joe Asch informed me that the D has rejected our cunning advertising campaign. Uh-oh. The Dartmouth is widely known as a breeding ground for instant New York Times successes,…
September 4, 2009
How Regents Should Reign
As Dartmouth alumni proceed through the legal hoops necessary to defuse a Board-packing plan—which put in unhappy desuetude an historic 1891 Agreement between alumni and the College guaranteeing a half-democratically-elected Board of Trustees—it strikes one…
August 29, 2009
Election Reform Study Committee
If you are an alum of the College on the Hill, you may have received a number of e-mails of late beseeching your input for a new arm of the College’s Alumni Control Apparatus called…
August 23, 2009
Fare Thee Well, Tom Crady
And now Dean Tom Crady has precipitously announced his departure from the College after only 20 months on the job. How to read this? By way of background, prior to coming to Dartmouth, Crady had…
May 31, 2009
Kangaroo Court, Indeed
In an interview with The Dartmouth, alumni-elected trustee T.J. Rodgers ‘70 explained his reasons for declining to participate in future evaluations of trustees up for “re-election,” namely the “kangaroo court” nature of such discussion in…