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Adam Walsh Act Moot Court

Today’s student moot court in Griffin Hall, judged by an extraordinarily eminent panel of federal judges, is one of the best campus events in years.  Read more about the preparations for the event here.  Kudos to visiting lecturer Bernard Moore for taking the time to put together such an impressive event, which surely involved a tremendous time commitment on his part.  I hope audio of this event is eventually available via podcast.

I could add something snarky, Kane style, related to some of DK’s past comments on visiting profs, but I’ll resist the urge.  Ooops, too late …

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#1 Comment By David On April 22, 2009 @ 9:12 am

DK’s past comments on visiting profs?” Typo!

You meant to write “Morty’s past comments on visiting profs.” Or don’t you read the Record?

While faculty hiring will be reduced this year compared to years past, in a question-and-answer session with the Record, President Schapiro said that today’s market conditions offer a unique opportunity to acquire some very talented professors because rival institutions are scaling back on hiring as well.

He also voiced a preference for hiring professors for tenure-track positions over visiting ones. “I’d take a tenure track over a visitor any day, although some of the visitors are … absolutely spectacular,” he said, adding that tenure-track professors usually receive better student evaluations and become more engaged in campus life.

My position is exactly the same as Morty’s. Some visiting professors are amazing. (From what I can tell, Moore has done a great job, although he was not polite enough to return an e-mail from me about the cost of these events.) Some visiting professors stink. On average, visitors are less good than tenure/tenure-track professors.

“I’d take a tenure track over a visitor any day” is my position too.

#2 Comment By rory On April 22, 2009 @ 10:14 am

no, david, it isn’t. you don’t ever acknowledge that visiting professors are often spectacular.

your position was absolute: get rid of visiting profs. His is what 99% of the rest of us believe: prefer strongly tenure track.

cmon. take the needling. you certainly dish it out enough.

#3 Comment By JG On April 22, 2009 @ 12:05 pm

What an amazing opportunity for those students! And to hold it in Griffin 3 just seems perfect – I’m jealous.

#4 Comment By David On April 22, 2009 @ 8:28 pm

no, david, it isn’t. you don’t ever acknowledge that visiting professors are often spectacular.

Easily fixed! Visiting professor Bernhard Moore has created two spectacular events on campus: this Moot Court and the visit last fall by the Congressional Black Caucus.

Here’s another: Visiting professor Robert Paul Wolff was a spectacular teacher when he came to Williams circa 1986. I took his class and it was one of my best educational experiences at Williams.

Happy?

your position was absolute: get rid of visiting profs. His is what 99% of the rest of us believe: prefer strongly tenure track.

You are confusing different things. First, Williams (in my view) is undergoing a huge financial crisis. Given that, we can’t really afford visiting professors, whether spectacular or not. I would rather not have visiting professor X then lay-off current employee Y.

Second, even when we did not have a financial crisis, I much preferred tenure track over visitors. With the same dollar spent we might have X tenured and Y visitors or X+e tenured and no visitors. (How big e is depends on various factors.) I much prefer the second situation.