January 26, 2018
Higher-paid professors at research universities spend less time instructing undergraduate students compared to their lower-paid counterparts.
The trend is a direct consequence of universities incentivizing professors to prioritize research over instructing students.
Professors skilled at research are rewarded with higher pay and a lower teaching load, according to a 2017 working paper by the National Bureau of Economic Research.
“[H]ighly-paid faculty within a department do relatively little teaching on average,” the paper found, adding that the little instruction performed by highly-compensated professors is typically “complimentary with research.”
“The university pays these faculty well because they are especially good at research,” the paper adds. “It makes perfect sense that they would also have relatively low teaching loads.”
This article was posted: Friday, January 26, 2018 at 8:24 am