Inside Higher Ed- Even Professors Hate Group Work

This article is about why Stephanie Buckhanon Crowder believes that group work for professors, as well for others, helps benefit them. While we know that collaborative work helps students prepare for their future in the real world where some people working at their jobs have to work together to share ideas, concerns, and get the job done sooner professors could also benefit from working together in group projects. By working together professors can exchange information with each other and consider their ideas and feedback with others to come up with better ideas that may never been thought of if they were to work individually. Using social media sites, such as Facebook and Twitter, can also get professors and students to communicate with others outside their academic circle to potentially improve their work, which is part of their journey towards “Scholarship”. However there are concerns about professors not feeling like working in groups with others and the fact that someone could take another professor’s idea and create the next bestseller book in their own name.


  1. Spot on for topic relevance. It brings up many useful points about aspects of scholarly engagement we’ll be discussing.

  2. I think this article brings up interesting points that could lead to even further discussion, specifically about professors possibly not enjoying group work, but enjoying networking and collaborating via social media. While group work is a form of a social learning, it is quite different than social learning in the sense of utilizing social media to expand resources or to further connect on topics. As a culture of professors and students, has technology changed the dynamic of our engagement, enjoyment, and appreciation of traditional group work due to our comfort zones transitioning to the digital groups?

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