Friday, June 09, 2006

More Free Meals for Faculty

In the Harvard Crimson, a graduating senior has some advice about student-faculty interaction:

One of the biggest complaints at Harvard is that students do not have enough opportunity to interact with faculty members. Recently, several of my friends and I decided to invite a number of professors to dinner in Dunster House. Many “big-name” professors, like Lewis, Mansfield, Pinker, Damrosch, Mankiw, Dominguez, and Kirshner, agreed to join us for dinner. This demonstrates that a lot of the blame for the problem falls on the students. Nevertheless, I believe Houses would do well to institute more faculty dinners. They do not need to be fancy like the ones we already have, but they need to be institutionalized, regular, and casual to be more effective.

That sounds right to me.