ERIC Number: ED463712
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2001
Scholarship Unbound: Assessing Service as Scholarship in Promotion and Tenure Decisions. Working Paper.
Scholars of higher education have long recognized that existing reward systems and structures in academic communities do not weight faculty professional service as they do teaching and research. This paper examines how four colleges and universities with exemplary programs for assessing services as scholarship implemented these policies within colleges of education. Attention was paid to the policies, procedures, outcomes, and elements of academic culture of these institutions. Case studies suggest that policies to assess service as scholarship can: (1) increase consistency among an institution's service mission, faculty workload, and reward system; (2) expand faculty views of scholarship; (3) boost faculty satisfaction; and (4) strengthen the quality of an institution's service culture. The experiences of these four institutions suggest lessons for academic leaders for assessing and rewarding service as scholarship for promotion and tenure. (Contains 111 references.) (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Massachusetts Univ., Boston. New England Resource Center for Higher Education.