CHICOPEE, Mass. (WWLP) – It takes years for a professor to become “tenured,” a prestigious title at universities. It’s long been thought that once a professor has “tenure,” he or she has proven classroom performance and is immune from getting reviews. However, not at Suffolk University in Boston.
The school’s president said he’s making sure Suffolk’s 250 tenured faculty members are still researching and teaching the most up-to-date information. The “American Association of University Professors” said this doesn’t allow professors the freedom to teach in their own style.
22News asked students at UMass what they thought of this review at all universities.
Shannon Murray, a junior at UMass Amherst, told 22News, “I think it’s a good idea because the technology’s always changing too so I’ve had professors who are still using the overhead projector and it makes it a lot harder to teach, like with sloppy writing and stuff.”
She said at UMass, students offer feedback at the end of the semester on each class and professor they had, but that maybe other schools should take those reviews more seriously.
Students told 22News they avoid some tenured professors by first checking how peers reviewed them on a popular online forum called, “Rate my Professor.”