Ghent University is switching to a new evaluation model for professors where instead of being evaluated every year on what you’ve actually accomplished, you will be “coached” by 5 colleagues for five years and then evaluated at the end of those five years based on how well you fulfilled your “holistic hopes and dreams.”
To me, this sounds worse than the model we currently have. The linked article goes on and on about how time-consuming and onerous the traditional merit report is but that’s silly. It’s all computerized nowadays. It takes me 15 minutes, if that, to do my merit report because everything goes into the system and it generates the report. I barely have to do anything.
I also don’t get this constant harping on how stressful it is to fulfill publication requirements. It’s supposed to be fun. If it’s not fun, then why are you in this profession at all?
And the coaching committee just freaks me out. I can do great with clear numerical requirements, no matter how high. But I’m not winning any popularity contests and I’m not coachable because at this stage in my career I don’t take advice unless I have sought it myself from people of my choice.
Again, we all know I’m rigid but I don’t like this.