It’s clear we need some kind of reshuffling of priorities. But places that consider themselves research universities (my old alma mater among them) not only fail to take teaching seriously as a criterion for tenure, but in fact look with great suspicion on those who do take teaching seriously. There’s some kind of assumption that you can’t be both serious about your research and serious about undergraduate education. So I fear that any shifts in priorities in those places (the ones that, for better or for worse, many other schools look to in setting their own agendas) will require new kinds of ways to assess research itself, as they’re unlikely to abandon that as their ultimate litmus test.

And you know, if you’d made all those folks in the acknowledgements buy copies, you might be somewhere up around 645,000 or so…