June 2, 2012
"It must be a bit awkward in the Arkansas faculty lounge this summer."
So wrote Paul Caron on TaxProf Blog about Robert Steinbuch's On the Leiter Side: Developing a Universal Assessment Tool for Measuring Scholarly Output by Law Professors and Ranking Law Schools, 45 Loy. L.A. L. Rev. 87 (2011). From the abstract:
This Article explicates a protocol (the “Protocol”) for measuring all of the scholarly output of any law school faculty member. Building on the Leiter and Roger Williams methods, the expanded Protocol accounts for a wider breadth of faculty publications and includes weighting factors based on law-journal rankings. Finally, this Article concludes by applying the Protocol to its Author and his colleagues. In sum, the Protocol that this Article develops and applies will provide a significantly more objective set of data with which to evaluate the scholarly performance of legal academics.
See why it might be a wee bit awkward in the Arkansas faculty lounge this summer (and fall) at Steinbuch: A New Method of Ranking Law Faculty and Law Schools assuming, of course, anyone takes Stenbuch's methodology seriously. Personally, I'll thinking he should create an app applying the metric and sell it as a $0.99 game. [JH]