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Dominique Homberger, Professor, Department of Biological Sciences, Louisiana State University
Last week Dominique Homberger, a tenured LSU biology professor, was removed from her class mid-semester for "allegedly grading too harshly.
According to one article that covered the event, "more than 90 percent of [her] students were failing or had dropped the [introductory-level biology] class. After considering those numbers, the dean of the college felt as though he needed "to take immediate action to protect the remaining students," so he removed Dr. Homberger from the classroom and then raised her students' low grades. The dean further admitted that his decision to remove the professor - who has taught at LSU for nearly 30 years - had nothing to do with "state pressure on colleges to boost graduation and retention rates." Homberger, who hasn't taught an introductory-level course in quite some time, concurs that most of her students failed their first exam, which was made up of objective multiple-choice questions. She reportedly used the poor grades, however, as a wake-up call, informing her students that they were slacking off and "need[ed] to do more. Homberger claims that afterward, the students "became much more engaged and improved on the next test." Homberger and her defenders are a bunch of whiny crybabies"). Post tags: Amer Assoc of Univ Professors • classroom • college • Dominique Homberger • evaluation • grade inflation • grading • graduation • higher education • Inside Higher Ed • LSU • participation • retention • students • teaching • tenure • university Last week Dominique Homberger, a tenured LSU biology professor, was removed from her class mid-semester for "allegedly grading too harshly. According to one article that covered the event, "more than 90 percent of [her] students were failing or had dropped the [introductory-level biology] class. After considering those numbers, the dean...
Dominique Homberger, an LSU professor who studies comparative anatomy, says the deal signaled the scissoring of salaries at the university, with high pay for administrators contrasting with stagnant faculty wages.
But teachers were ambivalent about joining a union, and the idea fizzled. "They didn't see themselves as labor," Homberger says, "[but] we have been treated like labor." For over a year now, a Faculty Senate committee has been researching bargaining and representation issues, including the possibility of unionization. The committee has had conversations with the Louisiana Association of Educators, a teachers' union heretofore limited to K-12. Russo and Homberger, meanwhile, are helping organize LSUnited, which is seeking support for the union. It appears the cuts will be far less severe than originally feared, Homberger says, but the faculty now knows where it stands. Russo and Homberger believe a union could speak for the faculty with an authority the largely powerless Faculty Senate lacks.
LSU Professor Dominque Homberger urged students to study harder after dismal results on an exam. They did, but LSU officials yanked the veteran professor from the class and raised all the students' grades.
LSU Professor Dominque Homberger urged students to study harder after dismal results on an exam.
About a week ago, professor Dominique Homberger, a tenured professor at Louisiana State University, was relieved of her teaching position because she was accused of making her teaching curriculum too difficult.
About 90 percent of her class was failing or had dropped the class after the first of four tests. Homberger has been a professor for more than thirty years teaching graduate and senior-level biology classes, and up until the latter half of the semester an "Introduction to Biology". In her introductory biology class, she gave quizzes at the beginning of each class. As for tests, instead of using the general format of four answers per multiple choice questions, she used ten. She lectured the class at the beginning of the semester that she has high standards, but is very generous with points when a student demonstrates improvement throughout the course. Homberger expected her students to make an extra effort to comprehend and apply the material, rather than just memorize and regurgitate facts. Because of her students' inability to meet her standards, the students complained to the dean, and she was relieved of her position by the LSU administration. But as Homberger's revoked position reflects, that is not what universities want.