Teacher-Scholar: The Journal of the State Comprehensive University


At the first meeting of the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Council (newly reborn after a near-death experience), a colleague lost his temper and blurted that Youngstown State University (YSU) ruins the careers of newly minted Ph.D.s by remaking them in its image. What’s best for YSU, according to him, is not what’s best for a rising academician. Success at YSU—getting tenure and early promotion—is not likely to allow someone to move to a “higher” institution of higher learning. Of course, it’s certainly true that YSU wants to keep its faculty members if they’re good teachers and scholars, and it has specific needs that may not enhance one’s ability to move on.