Hoisted from Slate’s Culture Gabfest. Substitute “English” with relevant academic discipline:
One obvious point omitted from the neuro-lit discussion: Publish or perish. If you repeatedly tell professors their teaching adds literally little to no value to their own CV and will go all but unconsidered in their tenure hearing, then English professors will themselves devalue the teaching function of being an English professor –i.e., passing along literature to a new generation.
Link to episode (where the quote wasn’t said)