Impostors in the Temple (Martin Anderson) pdf, epub, doc

This book is a critique of what is wrong with academia. In his first chapter, Martin Anderson distinguishes two kinds of intellectuals: professional and academic. The professional intellectuals support themselves as journalists, columnists, professional writers and members of think tanks. The academic intellectuals are the college professors. The academic intellectuals are shielded from market forces. Part of the problem is that many people become academics for the money and prestige, and are not really all that interested in scholarship.
Another problem is that in recent decades the college professors have offloaded much of their teaching responsibilities to graduate students and postdoctoral fellows. Anderson finds fault with this practice for several reasons: (a) grad students do not have the experience and training to be good teachers, (b) teaching assistants are poorly paid, (c) the time they spend teaching is taken away from their own studies.
Martin Anderson also talks about publish or perish. Professors are required to publish lots of articles in scholarly journals in order to keep their job and move up the ranks. Most of these articles are rarely read, even by other academics in the author’s own field.
Anderson advocates abolishing tenure (except for grandfathering in those who currently have tenure). Anderson suggests that most college professors concentrate on teaching, rather than research. Anderson proposes that the small minority of true scholars should be given a different job title, that of “fellow”, and should be allowed to devote all their time to research.
During my time as a biophysicist working in natural science departments, I knew many middle-aged professors who lacked creative ideas, and spent their time seeking research funding and publicizing the ideas of their subordinates. Perhaps in addition to fellows, we also need a new job title for the rainmakers, so they can be distinguished from the creative talent.

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  • Publisher:Simon & Schuster
  • File: 3.8 Mb
  • Release: 03.12.1992
  • ISBN: 9780671709150
  • Pages 255
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