J. Britt Holbrook deposited Ecce Homo Academicus — The revaluation of higher education values in the group Science and Technology Studies (STS) on Humanities Commons 1 year, 5 months ago
Evaluation can be seen as an opportunity for transvaluation, or what Nietzsche called the revaluation of values. However, evaluation is often treated instead as the enforcement of standards – standardization rather than transformation. When evaluation as transvaluation and evaluation as standardization are both used to evaluate the same subjects, things are working at cross purposes. How can individuals subject to such competing evaluation regimes respond in ways that go beyond mere survival (publish or perish) and instead promote excellence as academic flourishing? This presentation recounts – sometimes in an autobiographical fashion that brings the issues into sharper relief – various ways (both conceptual and actual) of responding to the challenge. In doing so it outlines a notion of academic flourishing and argues that this ideal, rather than meeting minimum standards, should be used in evaluations for academic advancement (including promotion and tenure).