It's All a Balancing Act

by Jon Appleton | 11/22/04 6:00am

To the Editor:

I am sure many faculty appreciated Michael Belinsky's insightful and forceful editorial "Teaching, Research, or Both?" (The Dartmouth, November 18). He suggests that Dartmouth "must evolve to compete or else continue to face the negative effects of stagnation." The reasons that these changes do not occur is complex but three important ones are: (1) the administration fears it will lose its alumni support, (2) we do not have a Dean of Faculty who has the vision or strength to urge change (although we did with Bharucha and Gazzaniga who each lasted only a year), (3) many faculty who do not do their own professional (research in Belinsky's terms) are threatened by an influx of faculty who do so.