Senior Writer, The Faculty
The Chronicle of Higher Education
Expertise: College teaching | Curriculum | Assessment of student learning | Research oversight | Economics | Political science | Sociology
Background: David Glenn, who joined The Chronicle of Higher Education in 2002, has covered college teaching since April 2009. His work explores how faculty members are trained, encouraged, and evaluated as teachers; how college courses and curricula are developed; and the institutional incentives that sometimes discourage faculty members from investing their energy in teaching. Before 2009, Glenn covered social-science research, and he continues to lead The Chronicle's coverage of social science.
Recent articles include an investigative feature about Robert Felner, a former dean of education at the University of Louisville who has been accused of pocketing a $700,000 federal grant; an examination of the advice that faculty members give students about how to study; an analysis of Peru's conflict with Yale University over the possession of Inca artifacts gathered during the 1910s; and an offbeat feature about the mental tricks that faculty members play to get themselves motivated.
Before arriving at The Chronicle, Glenn was an editor at Dissent magazine and a freelance writer in New York, Milwaukee, and Northern California. His writing has appeared in the Columbia Journalism Review, Lingua Franca, The Nation, and The New York Times Book Review.
Glenn earned a bachelor’s degree in history from Oberlin College in 1991 and lives with his family in Silver Spring, Md.
Honors: Second prize for special-interest, institutional, and trade publications, Education Writers Association, 2005 | Finalist (with The Chronicle's Thomas Bartlett, Scott McLemee, and Scott Smallwood), Reporting Category, National Magazine Awards, 2005 | Work featured in The Best of Technology Writing 2008 (University of Michigan Press)