From my experience (in Europe), I have often seen that professors give their research highest priority and see teaching only as a necessity that gets a low priority. I feel that this is due to the fact that having many strong publications has a direct benefit for the professor:
- increased chance of getting called to a better university
- better access to research grants and corporate funding
- increased public visibility
Teaching, on the other hand, does not seem to have such direct benefit for the professor.
I am wondering if this is just a subjective feeling or if there exists any research that can support this?
Question: Are there any scientific publications that support my analysis? Does the current academic system favor research over teaching quality?
Update: Based on the comments and answers I see that my statement might not necessary hold in the general case. My experience is largely based on European universities where a professor is usually employed for life. Maybe there exists research specifically for European universities?