ERIC Number: ED374745
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993-Sep-10
Reference Count: N/A
Tenure and Teaching in the University of North Carolina.
North Carolina Univ., Chapel Hill. Board of Governors.
This report presents findings from an investigation into procedures and criteria for the awarding of tenure to faculty members, conducted by two University of North Carolina (UNC) committees. The investigation found that, generally, tenure policies and procedures within the UNC are sound. Much time is devoted to evaluation of faculty members holding probationary term contracts. In the case of negative decisions, processes are in place for subsequent appeal at several levels. Quality of teaching is a matter of genuine commitment and concern on all UNC campuses and is the most important single factor in reappointment, tenure, and promotion decisions overall. Institutions are taking aggressive and impressive steps to foster excellence in teaching, including awards to recognize teaching excellence and special activities to support and strengthen instruction. Greater efforts need to be made in this regard at a number of UNC campuses, especially those with limited resources. Institutions should provide tangible incentives and encouragement for tenured and nontenured faculty and graduate teaching assistants to take advantage of professional development opportunities. Six recommendations are offered. An appendix contains five tables on methods for informing faculty of teaching evaluation criteria, evaluation methods, awards for outstanding teaching, special centers for excellence in teaching, and support and activities for teaching improvement. (JDD)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: North Carolina Univ., Chapel Hill. Board of Governors.