Do Witt Faculty Have the “Right” Teaching / Research Balance?

If you listen to the pundits in the popular press, faculty are selfishly concerned about their research and are neglectful of teaching. Is this true at Wittenberg?

87 faculty responded to the HERI Faculty Survey conducted in the SP11 semester. While the results are preliminary and do not yet allow us to compare ourselves to other colleges, we can get an early look at the views of our faculty on the teaching / research balance question. Question 9 asks

“Personally, how important to you is _______?

 
 
  Importance: Teaching Total
Very important Essential
Importance: Research Not important

1

4

5

Somewhat important

6

27

33

Very important

4

25

29

Essential

4

16

20

Total

15

72

87

 All 87 respondents say teaching is “essential” or “very important” and none say it is “not important” or “somewhat important”. The distribution of responses indicating the importance of research suggest to me that our faculty value research, but they see it as less important than teaching, our primary mission.

One Response to “Do Witt Faculty Have the “Right” Teaching / Research Balance?”

  1. Fred Tiffany says:

    It looks to me as though all the respondents said that teaching is either essential or very important, with 72 of them saying it is essential.

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