An article from the Chronicle of Higher Education exploring whether faculty workloads can be accurately captured in a database quotes UW-Madison's Dorothy Farrar-Edwards and Nicholas Hillman.
Farrar-Edwards is a Vilas Distinguished Achievement Professor with the School of Education’s Department of Kinesiology
Hillman is an associate professor with the School of Education’s Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis
and is an affiliate of the Wisconsin Center for the Advancement of Postsecondary Education (WISCAPE)
The article examines recent pushes from Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker for more accountability in evaluating professors' workloads, mainly through a database that records the average time professors spend teaching every week.
"The idea that we would be evaluated by how much time we spend in the classroom makes no sense whatsoever," Farrar-Edwards, notes the Chronicle, said back in December. "I felt they could have spent a bit more time to understand the complexities of these roles and how they work at different schools."
Hillman compared the situation of faculty work to the Green Bay Packers, tweeting, "The Packers don't just work 3 hours on Sundays."
Further, Hillman said he does not see the utility of the tool, and that while being judged on performance is part of the job, navigating the "politics of resentment" shouldn't be.
When a database like this one is a "political tool to foster this kind of resentment, that’s a problem. We’re just not getting a fair shake," Hillman said.
Read the full article here