Hiring Celebrities as Visiting Professors
Hiring Celebrities as Mating Professors
Via Internet or other means of mass media，it is common to team that some super stars are employed as guest professors of a university. Whether it is helpful to hire personages for a university's development causes hot debate from the very beginning.
There are two voices: Some people think that stars’ social influence can do good to the enrollment of a university and raise its social degrees of approval. Besides, universities should open to society and take advantage of various social resources, inclusive of celebrities' life experience and struggling adventure. However, others hold the opposite viewpoint. They think that a professor under a star's name is just advertising stunt, and has no practical meaning to the development of the university. It also diverts students attention from their academic study.
In my view, just as a coin has two sides, the inviting of celebrities as guest professors has both good and bad effect. Thus I think colleges should evaluate the possible results thoroughly, and their choices should be based on the improvement of teaching standards and students' development. Universities should also take the features of their relevant disciplines into consideration before hiring some celebrity as a visiting professor.