Who's Teaching the Teachers?

February 8, 2018

The Chronicle of Higher Education, 2.8.18

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Who's Teaching the Teachers?

The Chronicle of Higher Education, 2.8.18

Opinion-editorial by Elizabeth Alsop, a Mellon Humanities Scholar and assistant director in the Teaching and Learning Center at The Graduate Center, CUNY. She writes, Last fall, the academic career coach Jennifer Polk conducted an informal Twitter poll: How many of you, she asked her followers, received any meaningful pedagogical training during graduate school? Replies ranged from the encouraging to the mostly dispiriting, with one doctoral candidate noting that the only training the program had offered took the form of "trial by fire." Just 19 percent of the 2,248 respondents said they had received at least "decent" training" a number that, however unscientific, is also symptomatic."