Dr. Fuller’s views on Western education are informed by her own experience as a student in Germany and as a lecturer in Ireland. While she embraces attempts to reduce hierarchies between lecturers and students, her main concern is with the commodification of university education where students are seen as customers to service rather than students to educate.
This has, in her view, led to increased pressure on faculty and staff to pass even under-performing students and reduces lecturers’ ability to teach critical thinking skills, particularly with regards to controversial topics. Moreover, research is seen more and more in terms of the ability of the lecturer to procure external funding, further undermining the concept of universities as independent centers of inquiry.
Even though these changes are now widespread in Western educational institutions, there is very little written about it, neither by tenured faculty unwilling to admit to their own corporatisation, nor by precarious staff conscious of the continuous need to seek contract renewal.