Maybe you’d like to combine the two loves of your life, teaching and scholarship, and perhaps build a satisfying and profitable academic career, but you’re not sure if this is really what you want or how to go about it. Or maybe you’ve made up your mind but need some good advice on how to succeed. If so, this book is written for you. So You Want To Be a Professor begins with a discussion of jobs in academia and how to find them. Chapters cover a wide range of political skills for future academic success, including lecturing, organizing a course, meeting your first class, testing, maintaining a research program, and writing for publication. No other book provides such a practical overview of essential career-building skills. Even junior faculty will benefit from the advice in this engaging, comprehensive book.

Testing and Evaluation

Testing and evaluation

An integral part of your career as professor is evaluating the work of other people. As a professor, you will be evaluating students’ performance as well as evaluating colleagues for promotion and tenure and for hiring. You will be evaluating papers sent to you by journal editors. You will be evaluating research proposals. The list goes on. And yet, we are never taught the basics of how such evaluation is to take place. It is on-the-job training.

In this chapter, I first discuss some underlying theory of evaluation of students by testing and then turn the tables to discuss the evaluation of professors by students.

Validity and Reliability

The effectiveness of a test is evaluated on the basis of its validity and its ...

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