ERIC Number: ED345676
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992-Apr
Balancing the Reward Structures of Promotion, Tenure, and Merit.
Peters, John G.; Brinkerhoff, David B.
This paper presents an analysis of a long-term project at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL) to insure that effective teaching is rewarded. The document attempts to frame the issues and explore the effects of the project first in the area of the role of teaching in the awarding of tenure. Noting the tradition in academe of awarding tenure on a record of research and publication, the section explores the conditions under which teaching activity might be the basis for tenure and the teaching assessment issues that attend such policy. Going on to explore the role of teaching in promotion, the parallels between this area and tenure are pointed out as well as differences and generally accepted standards for promotion. Here it is noted that the effect of the UNL project on promotion cannot yet be measured. A final section looks at the role of teaching in the merit process and the project's attempt to address that area with a three-step merit matrix model. A conclusion notes the complexity of any effort to change the culture of a research university and offers some reflections on the project at UNL. (19 references) (JB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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