Equal status for all academics?
Here’s an innovation. A new university recently set up in China, the South University of Science and Technology of China, has decided not to have any kind of academic hierarchy, so that all faculty have the same status. According to the university, academics elsewhere spend too much time working on career development to the neglect of their teaching duties.
Should this catch on here? Are we too status oriented? Should we embrace a new academic egalitarianism?