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Re: critiques and faculty change (long)

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Diane Gregory (dianegregory)
Sun, 29 Sep 1996 17:23:59 -0600


henry wrote:
>
> How do we change the views of college level faculty? How do we get them
> to question their views and paradigms?
>
> A good starting place is an examination of our own motivation to change as
> a result of pressure from "the outside." I find, in myself, a tendency to
> resist such "friendly persuasion". It is a typically political strategem
> to point fingers and work to "correct," to gain leverage, or to establish
> control over some entity perceived to be in error. I have always read such
> political solutions as non-adaptive and hasty intrusions into a delicate
> ecology.
>
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>
> The set of ideals which guides the oldschool faculty of our art
> departments, the ones who often appear responsible for many of the horror
> stories we have been reading, do not seem unreasonable from their point
> of view. The represent a methodology for achieving excellence OF A SORT.
> There seems to be a tendency to define excellence in numerical terms,
> among others. Rarity marks a thing of value and if everyone were capable
> there would be little value in the practice of art. I have head similar
> arguments, on listservs, from professors I otherwise respect.
>

As usual, Henry has made a very profound point. I have been listening to the
discussion on critiques with much interest and I think the discussion does apply to
university education in general. I often hear complaints about university professors
and their lack of teaching abilities. Many education majors question why college
professors are not expected to take education courses to teach at a college or
university. In light of Henry's points above, I would like to hear what others think
about this particular issue, since it has often troubled me.

-- 
Diane C. Gregory, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Art Education
Art Education and Technology Specialist
Department of Art & Design
Southwest Texas State University
San Marcos, TX  78666
512-245-2611
dianegregory