Institutions offer little incentive for grad students, faculty to focus on teaching

June 9, 2015

The drive to "publish or perish" could be inhibiting innovation in the classroom, according to an article published in the Globe and Mail. University of Calgary professor Mikael Hellstrom has implemented a flipped classroom; however, he says that he believes that a focus on pedagogy affected his search for a tenure-track jobs. Hellstrom says that hiring decisions typically emphasize publications, not classroom performance. "It is often assumed that capacity in research equals teaching capacity," he said. Some graduate students are even warned to avoid "the teaching trap," which they are told takes time away from more valuable research activities. While some institutions have created teaching-track faculty positions, others have been slow to offer any incentives for professors and graduate students to focus on pedagogy. Globe and Mail