Ex-UT system adviser slams faculty

Rick O’Donnell, the controversial former special adviser to the University of Texas System, on Wednesday released a new analysis of faculty productivity data that label most faculty members as “dodgers” and “coasters” who teach little, relying on a cadre of “Sherpas” to carry the burden of educating students, Chron reports. O’Donnell compared the employment practices at the state’s two flagship research universities to “a Himalayan trek, where indigenous Sherpas carry the heavy loads so Western tourists can simply enjoy the view.”

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