Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History

Interview with Ernest J. "Ernie" Yanarella, May 8, 1992

Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries
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00:00:00 - Summer plans

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Partial Transcript: --interview number six, Dr. Yanarella.

Segment Synopsis: Yanarella tells the interviewer how he will spend his summer.

Keywords: Projects; Research; Summer classes; Teaching; Vacationing; Visiting family

Subjects: Campus planning.; College administrators; University of Kentucky; University of Kentucky. Department of Political Science

00:03:19 - The nature of his research

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Partial Transcript: Um, what is the nature of your research?

Segment Synopsis: Yanarella explains the nature of his research and his upcoming projects.

Keywords: Agriculture; Economic industry; Energy; Environmental; Field research; Labor intensive impact; Political theories; Public policy; Questioning; Teamwork; Testing

Subjects: College majors; College students; College teachers.; College teaching.; Education, Higher--Kentucky; Educators; Lexington (Ky.); Universities and colleges--Faculty.; Universities and colleges--Finance; Universities and colleges--Research; University of Kentucky. Department of Political Science

00:08:35 - Funding, grants and how they're used

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Partial Transcript: And so, uh, we, we got, actually, four grants.

Segment Synopsis: Yanarella talks about the amount of grants he's averaged and how the remaining funds were used to do a follow up study to examine how General Motors has restructured their assembly line. He also traveled to Tennessee for field visits and labor management at the Saturn plant.

Keywords: Assembly lines; Canada; Examine; Field visits; Funds; General Motors; Labor management; Labor practices; Midwest; Saturn Corporation; Saturn automobile; Tennessee

Subjects: College students; College teachers--Workload; College teachers.; College teaching.; Education, Higher--Kentucky; Educators; Lexington (Ky.); Universities and colleges--Faculty.; Universities and colleges--Finance; Universities and colleges--Research; University of Kentucky. Department of Political Science

00:12:12 - Sources of funding

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Partial Transcript: Um, there are two other questions about funding.

Segment Synopsis: Yanarella talks about internal and external sources of funding. He says he's received three to four external grants from interior research study groups. On internal grants, he partnered with the undergraduate program of mining and mineral research.

Keywords: Collaboration; Energy; External funding; Funding; Grants; Internal funding; Morehead University; Quebec government; Research; Social sciences; Transylvania University; Undergraduate

Subjects: College teachers--Workload; College teachers.; College teaching.; Education, Higher--Kentucky; Educators; Lexington (Ky.); Universities and colleges--Faculty.; Universities and colleges--Finance; Universities and colleges--Research; University of Kentucky; University of Kentucky. Department of Political Science

00:16:04 - Current semester courses and enrollment

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Partial Transcript: Next is the block on teaching.

Segment Synopsis: Yanarella shares information from the 1992 semester, the classes he has taught, and the number of students that were enrolled in each of his classes. He also speaks about which classes students were mostly likely to take.

Keywords: Classes; Enrollment; Evaluations; Modern political theory; Student teaching; Teaching

Subjects: Books; College attendance; College environment; College students; College teachers.; College teaching.; Education; Education, Higher--Kentucky; Educators; Lexington (Ky.); Teaching; Universities and colleges--Faculty.; University of Kentucky. Department of Political Science

00:20:04 - Teaching methods and personal classroom style

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Partial Transcript: Okay, um, is there anything else as, uh, as far as teaching methods and personal classroom style that differs from what form--

Segment Synopsis: Yanarella is asked about his methods of teaching in the classroom. He discusses holding seminar classes as well as Socratic seminar style discussions. The classroom setting is described as group-oriented, while still focused on lecture material. Yanarella continues to add tutoring and office hours into his teaching methods, saying that he would like all resources to be available to students. He also discusses giving students extra readings in order to boost understanding of course materials.

Keywords: Independent reading; Interns; Lectures; Office hours; Political theory texts; Seminars; Supplementary readings; Tutoring

Subjects: Books; College attendance; College credits; College environment; College graduates; College students; College students--Attitudes.; College students--Books and reading.; College teachers.; College teaching.; College-level examinations; Education; Education, Higher--Kentucky; Educational change; Educators; Lexington (Ky.); Teaching; Universities and colleges--Faculty.; University of Kentucky. Department of Political Science; University of Kentucky. Libraries

00:24:20 - Time investment for teaching

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Partial Transcript: Um, how many hours of preparation do you invest in one hour of classroom teaching?

Segment Synopsis: In this short segment, Yanarella discusses the time investment required to be the lead lecturer of his political science courses. He discusses office hours and research and acknowledges that although the time investment may seem quite overwhelming, he is able to make time for all that is necessary for his students. Not only does he talk about his own time investment, he discusses the investment of tutoring, as well as other outside help students may use.

Keywords: Administrators; Field of concentration; Office hours; Outside help; Teaching investment; Undergraduate Studies

Subjects: College environment; College students; College teachers.; College teachers’ spouses; College teaching; College teaching.; Education, Higher--Kentucky; Educators; Lexington (Ky.); Universities and colleges--Faculty.; University of Kentucky; University of Kentucky. Department of Political Science

00:26:30 - Student teaching evaluations

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Partial Transcript: Um, what is your opinion about student teaching evaluations?

Segment Synopsis: In this segment, Yanarella is asked about student teaching evaluations. Here, he describes how the undergraduate teachers are examined, which consists mostly of evaluations from the students. He begins to criticize the methods of some evaluations, and gives critique on qualitative vs. quantitative data when it comes from examination of humans. He suggests that the evaluations should come not only from exams of the student teachers but also from the students they are addressing. He concludes that there must be more than one form of evaluation.

Keywords: Bimodal; Critiques; Evaluation; Evaluation forms; Exams; Instructors; Mass education; Qualitative; Quantitative; Student teaching; Theory; Undergraduate teaching; Undergraduates

Subjects: College administrators; College benefactors; College environment; College graduates; College presidents; College publicity; College student government; College students--Attitudes.; College students--Books and reading.; College students--Political activity.; College teachers; College teaching; Educators; University of Kentucky

00:32:54 - Student examinations

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Partial Transcript: Um, what does, what does this suggest then?

Segment Synopsis: Yanarella answers a question concerning how his teaching is evaluated throughout the course, after discussing how his teaching assistants are evaluated. He discusses student thought processes and goals, while also acknowledging student time investment in the process. He claims that his own student examination methods surround discussion and seminar, stating that practical examinations are more telling of student success. He then continues to critique other styles of examinations, stating that student success cannot be measured quantitatively but rather must be seen in qualitative work. He concludes that a portfolio for examining himself would be the most accurate way of examination.

Keywords: Critique; Evaluations; Instructor implementation; Pedagogical goals; Processes; Qualitative; Quantitative; Resources; Student goals; Student statements; Student success; Student work; Teaching styles; Techniques; Workload

Subjects: College attendance; College credits; College entrance achievement tests; College environment; College majors; College students; College students--Attitudes.; College students--Mental health.; College teachers.; College teaching.; Education, Higher--Kentucky; Educational change; Educators; Lexington (Ky.); Universities and colleges--Faculty.; University of Kentucky; University of Kentucky. Department of Political Science

00:35:28 - Teaching evaluations

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Partial Transcript: Um, well, you have covered the next question which asks, "How should teaching be evaluated?"

Segment Synopsis: Yanarella connects a question about teaching evaluations to teaching success; the more positive the student surveys, the more likely he would be to receive internal or external grants. This question becomes less about the examination process and more about the overall profit of returning a positive evaluation. He discusses that a positive evaluation could lead to more research, which leads to more grants, which would in turn lead to more positive evaluations. Overall, he describes that being a positive influence on students and a knowledgeable teacher will overall boost the success of the professor.

Keywords: Campus; Digitech; Encouragement; Evaluations; Examinations; Exams; External grants; Faculty; General Studies Program; Internal grants; Modern political theory; Objectivity; Stipend; Student knowledge; Undergraduate success; Writing; Writing abilities

Subjects: College administrators; College attendance; College environment; College facilities.; College publicity; College student government; College teachers; College teachers--Job satisfaction; College teachers--Rating of.; Education, Higher--Kentucky; Education--Political aspects; Educators; Lexington (Ky.); Universities and colleges--Faculty.; University of Kentucky

00:39:00 - Reform regarding the allocation of funds

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Partial Transcript: Um, what kind of changes would you like to see in higher education in Kentucky?

Segment Synopsis: Yanarella speaks about the present budget crisis and he shares his opinions and requests for improving the University of Kentucky campus. He also shares his ideas on how to improve the current budget crisis by eliminating duplication and “waste” from campuses to save money.

Keywords: Administrative staff; Bowling Green University; Branch campuses; Budget crisis; Changes; College of Education; Commonwealth of Kentucky; Competition; Duplication; Education; Growth; Higher education; Kentucky; Money; Needs; Northern Kentucky University; Payoff; Programs; Rationalize; Saving; Spending; Waste

Subjects: Campus planning.; College administrators; Community colleges.; Education, Higher--Kentucky; Universities and colleges--Administration.; Universities and colleges--Finance; Universities and colleges.; University of Kentucky; University of Kentucky. College of Education; University of Louisville

00:43:05 - Reform in administration

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Partial Transcript: Okay, this is side two. Talking about reformed administration and you were getting ready to talk about, um, the other levels

Segment Synopsis: Yanarella continues his conversation on eliminating duplication on campus and introduces the contradictions that clash with that budget crisis fix in particular. He gives examples to further the explanation of why eliminating duplication on campus would be difficult and problematic.

Keywords: Administration; Chancellors; Duplication; Eliminate; Funding; Graduate studies; Money; Offices; Patronage; Research; Salary; Saving; Scholarships; Schools; Separate offices; Staff; Undergraduate colleges; University vice presidents; Waste

Subjects: Campus planning.; College administrators; College campuses.; College teachers--Salaries, etc.; Education, Higher--Kentucky; Universities and colleges--Administration.; Universities and colleges--Faculty.; Universities and colleges--Finance; Universities and colleges.; University of Kentucky

00:46:14 - Scholarship funds

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Partial Transcript: As a, as a, uh, as a person who went through both college--uh, undergraduate college and graduate school...

Segment Synopsis: Yanarella shares his experience with scholarships throughout college and explains why he believes that scholarships are extremely important for students and can be life changing. He expresses his feelings on UK’s scholarship program and suggests that it should be made easier for students to acquire scholarships.

Keywords: Assistance; Benefits; Current budget crisis; Graduate schools; International Business Machines Corporation (IBM); Kentucky students; Scholarship escalator; Scholarship programs; Scholarships

Subjects: College costs.; College students.; Education, Higher--Kentucky; Statistics; Universities and colleges--Finance; Universities and colleges.; University of Kentucky

00:48:26 - Student enrollment statistics

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Partial Transcript: How do you account--how can you account for your work to the taxpayer?

Segment Synopsis: Yanarella speaks about the levels of classes that he teaches and how “well enrolled” they are. He shares some of the interactions he has with his students and explains his teaching morals and responsibilities.

Keywords: Courses; Enrollment; Evaluations; Graduate courses; Gratification; Interviews; Policy; Quantitative; Reports; Seminars; Student life; Taxpayers; Teaching; Well-enrolled

Subjects: College attendance; College environment; College students; College teachers--Job satisfaction; College teachers--Rating of.; College teachers--Workload; College teachers.; College teaching.; Education, Higher--Kentucky; Education--Political aspects; Educators; Lexington (Ky.); Statistics; Teaching; Universities and colleges--Faculty.; University of Kentucky