the classroom can make a big difference! I offer this comment not as a criticism of junior faculty, but as a point of consideration relative to factors that can affect teaching effectiveness.

In our department, I try to give junior faculty a teaching assignment that matches the strengths they can best offer our majors (their fresh ideas, discipline, and research expertise), in a seminar, discussion, or advanced-level class, for example. I think that we need not deprive our junior faculty of the opportunity to teach some of the upper-level courses populated by students who have already progressed to the point at which they can survive the curricular demands.

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