We need professors who are engaged with the outside world, not publish-or-perish machines. This NY Times article by Nicholas Kristof referred to me by a good friend in Argentina would like to see more hi ed professors get involved in today’s great debates.
“A basic challenge is that Ph.D. programs have fostered a culture that glorifies arcane un-intelligibility while disdaining impact and audience. This culture of exclusivity is then transmitted to the next generation through the publish-or-perish tenure process. Rebels are too often crushed or driven away.”
My new university, NEU, will not require professors to do research nor will they have tenure, but they will be certainly involved in developing talent and solving real problems with their students. More on our first program (master of engineering in big data) to be launched September 2014 later.