The expertise of the School of Education's Nicholas Hillman was recently featured in an article from the Capital Times newspaper that explores some of the responsibilities of higher education faculty members.
Hillman is an associate professor with the School of Education's Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis
who researches higher education finance and policy. Hillman also is a faculty affiliate with UW-Madison's La Follette School of Public Affairs, and is a Wisconsin Center for the Advancement of Postsecondary Education (WISCAPE)
The article is headlined: "UW faculty classroom hours don't tell the whole story, professor says."
UW-Madison faculty taught in the classroom an average of 5.9 hours a week in the fall of 2015, the article states, but Hillman explains why those numbers are misleading.
“That might imply only six hours’ time teaching a week. But I spend more time than that grading papers, giving thorough feedback and meeting with students. Then you’ve got time spent advising students, responding to email questions and preparing notes for the week," Hillman told the Cap Times.
Further, faculty members conduct research as well as teach, and are also responsible for outreach into the community to share their knowledge. Hillman's research explores how policy affects educational access and success, and this research "is by no means distinct from what happens in the classroom."
"It fuels my teaching," Hillman told the Cap Times. “I bring it into the classroom and process it with students to make sense of the world.”