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Does Publish or Perish Academic Culture Foster Intellectual Vice?


by Mark J. Ortwein, Stacey Britton & Amber Carpenter-McCullough — March 28, 2014

In this commentary, we suggest that the contemporary publish-or-perish academic culture stands to negatively impact pre-tenure professors—particularly professors at R1 institutions. Indeed, we believe that the present overemphasis on publication, and its attending de-emphasis on teaching quality and meaningful service, provides rich soil for the cultivation of intellectual dereliction. To this end, we assert that the development of “intellectual virtue” ought to be a primary aim of doctoral and pre-tenure mentorship. Such virtues include intellectual honesty, conscientiousness, creativity, and open-mindedness. We conclude the piece with some remarks on cultivating intellectual virtue in the academy.


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record, Date Published: March 28, 2014
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 17479, Date Accessed: 10/23/2014 12:29:52 PM

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  • Mark Ortwein
    University of Mississippi, Desoto
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    MARK ORTWEIN is an Assistant Professor of Teacher Education in the Department of Teacher Education at the University of Mississippi, DeSoto
  • Stacey Britton
    University of Mississippi, Desoto
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    STACEY BRITTON is an Assistant Professor of Teacher Education in the Department of Teacher Education at the University of Mississippi, DeSoto
  • Amber Carpenter-McCullough
    University of Mississippi, Desoto
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    AMBER CARPENTER-MCCULLOUGH is an Assistant Professor of Teacher Education in the Department of Teacher Education at the University of Mississippi, DeSoto
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