If professors hate teaching so much and would rather just do research than why do universities make them teach?
- LiliLv 72 months ago
Most of us don't hate teaching. Where did you get the idea we did?
The purpose of a university comprises both education and research, so that's what most professors do -- teach and conduct research. We go into the profession knowing what's expected of us. If we complain about teaching, it's usually because our jobs also depend on research, writing and publication, and it's not easy to teach AND do the research and writing required of us.
But most of my colleagues and I enjoy teaching. I get a lot out of it myself. Right now, I'm teaching online, and it's not as enjoyable and rewarding as classroom teaching, but I'd be upset and disappointed if I couldn't teach at all.
- GypsyfishLv 72 months ago
That's a complicated question. Most professors do not "hate" teaching. But at many universities, there's tremendous pressure on them to research and publish- that's how universities make their reputation. A 4-year-college is more likely to put the emphasis on teaching for faculty. Some universities now have two tiers of faculty- those who do research and those who do mostly teaching and get tenured for that.
- DCM5150Lv 72 months ago
That's an extremely broad assumption. Perhaps if you learned a little more you would understand that not all professors do research. There are 5300 colleges and universities in the US. Only 131 are are listed as the highest level of research schools and 135 as second tier research school (less focus on research but still high research activity.
- fcas80Lv 72 months ago
Because students are paying tuition to be taught.
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- ScottLv 52 months ago
Some professors at elite universities teach undergraduate courses very rarely and it’s mostly graduate seminars they facilitate. But it’s all about the money. A tenured professor with millions of dollars of research grants is often given a lighter teaching load.
- Dru ZodLv 42 months ago
That’s their job ....
No one makes them teach. They close to become teachers
They can go into the private sector if they just want to do research
- MandyLv 62 months ago
Then. Not, “than”.