Presentation on theme: "The Changing Institutional Context and Implications for Preparing Future STEM Faculty Cathy A. Trower, Ph.D. Harvard University CIRTL Forum I November."— Presentation transcript:
The Changing Institutional Context and Implications for Preparing Future STEM Faculty Cathy A. Trower, Ph.D. Harvard University CIRTL Forum I November 6, 2003
Key Dimensions of Change 1. Commercialization Licensing, patenting, strategic alliances, money generation Corporate sponsorship Political pork 2. The collegium is gone ETOB Star faculty Fragmentation Few shared beliefs
Key Dimensions of Change 3. Academic freedom has eroded PC rules the day 4. The faculty job is tougher Tenure elusive Stakes are higher
The 21 st Century University MODE 1MODE 2 Emphasis on teamsEmphasis on individual Research direction shaped by interaction between researchers and users Academic control and authority Quality judged by peer review Organizational diversity, networks, connectivity Local organizational knowledge Discipline-basedProblem and issue-based; transdisciplinary Broad-based quality control; peer review and users (social & economic impact) Gibbons (1998)
Most scientists regarded the new streamlined peer-review process as quite an improvement.
What Aspiring Faculty Want What they want/believeWhat they find Secrecy Cronyism Bias Opaqueness Openness Equity Fairness Transparency Collaboration improves collective performance and enhances overall productivity; creates a healthier workplace. Competition improves individual performance and survival of the fittest enhances productivity.
What Aspiring Faculty Want What they want/believeWhat they find Paradigm I, where facts are: Abstract General Ahistorical Universal Paradigm II, where facts are: Concrete Situated Historical Particularistic Merit is: Empirically determined Objective Absolute Merit is recognized as: Socially constructed Subjective Contextual Scientist is part of what s/he studies. Scientist is completely detached.
What Aspiring Faculty Want What they want/believeWhat they find Research organized around disciplines. Research organized around problems. Life of the mind ONLY; make sacrifices. Life of the mind AND of the heart; we need balance. Teaching and service should be valued and rewarded. Traditional research is the coin of the realm.