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1 save_the_rustbelt January 9, 2007 at 4:03 pm

Is the “professor in the practice” the equivilant of a clinical professor,
that is, a professor who acutally shows up to teach undergrads?

Or something new?

2 Dukeecongrad January 9, 2007 at 11:31 pm

To “Save the Rustbelt”: I don’t think “Professor of the Practice” should be interpreted to mean a teacher who actually teaches. Duke has so many academic titles that it’s hard to keep track of them. However I think “Professor of the Practice” is a reltaively senior/full professor (as opposed to for example Asscociate Professors and Assistant Professors). Just about all Duke professors do teach undergrads at least sometimes. I would say “Professors of the Practice” though do so marginally less often than some other professors.
BTW, the article doesn’t really give the details on the econ department’s changes, which are very dramatic and go far beyond how many professors, their specialties, ages, or approaches to econ. Generally I’m positive about the changes, but like them or not, the last 5 years have seen enormous changes for undergrads in eco There n at Duke.
I’m glad that one of the new hires specializes in econ. history. Duke has traditionally been the center of this subdiscipline. See the History of Political Economy Journal for example. I have been concerned that Duke was ddiminishing this area.

3 Barkley Rosser January 10, 2007 at 12:48 am

Dukeedongrad,

I think you mean history of economics, not economic history.
Yes, Duke has been known for that, and Kevin Hoover is strong
in that area. What is unfortunate as far as I am concerned is
that Duke seems to have eliminated allowing grad students to
actually get a degree in that sub-field anymore. They can
take history of economics, but must subordinate it and combine
it with some other more “regular” field, like labor economics,
or whatever. Bah.

And, of course, for other institutions to do this sort of
cluster hiring, well, they have to have the money and the
positions. Goody.

4 Auto January 11, 2007 at 11:17 am

The article reports the Duke econ dept is ranked #22. WhHich is to say, they’re playing minor league ball. Does cluster hiring do anything to move Duke up in the rankings? I doubt it.

The real impact of Duke’s move is that better depts may now have freed-up slots to make their own hiring moves.

We’ll see how it plays out.

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