Tag Archives: politics

Academic work as a Moral Tale: An agony in a mere six fits [Part 1]

By | November 30, 2014

On our Reed College Facebook page, there has been a debate on academic reimbursement, starting with an innocuous discussion on the posting of a position for a new event planner for the College and leading up to my threatening them with my own analysis of academic job markets – a threat now begun here.

Prelude

Despite the neverending best efforts of our group to feel bad for our beloved college,

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Do student evaluations measure teaching effectiveness? [Part 3 – Evaluation as symbol]]

By | March 31, 2014

I believe that it is important to think about why these student course evaluation ratings are being obtained, and how that relates to the kinds of measures used. I pointed out in Part 2 that the one-shot end-of-course retrospective rating system cannot obtain ratings valid over the whole term. There are procedures that could obtain valid ratings,

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Political control of research

By | May 17, 2013

polar-bears-standingThere has been an interesting exchange on one of the Chronicle of Higher Education blogs relating to a story on the efforts of Rep. Lamar Smith (R-Texas) to manage the funding of research grants by the National Science Foundation.  This effort is part of Rep. Smith and the Republican majority in the House to politicize and eventually eliminate NSF research funding .

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