The Chronicle of Higher Education
June 2nd, 2015
In our recently published book, The Humanities, Higher Education, and Academic Freedom,
we argue that the crisis in American academe has nothing to do with the
intellectual content of research and teaching in the humanities, and
everything to do with the labor conditions of most American college
professors. We therefore propose, as a way of undoing the
deprofessionalization of the profession of college teaching, a
teaching-intensive tenure track for nontenure-track faculty members with
Ph.D.s and good teaching records.
We know it is difficult to measure teaching, and we do not recommend
that departments rely solely on student evaluations. Teaching can and
should be evaluated not only by students but by extramural peer
observation, by review of syllabi and course plans, by examples of
professorial feedback on student work, and by careful review of
professors’ own accounts of their classrooms.