That’s the subject of today’s Pope Center piece by Jason Fertig. New college professors, usually right out of grad school, are mostly thrown into their classroom obligations without much preparation. How do (or should) they adjust to work that they have seen done for years, but have rarely done themselves? Jason refers to Jeff Anderson’s book The Skinny on College Teaching and offers insights of his own.
One of the main problems here is that college teaching is rarely evaluated by anyone other than students, and while student evaluations may have some value, they tend to reward professors for being fun and easy.