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ERIC Number: EJ1095096
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
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Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-0024-1822
Advancing Engaged Scholarship in Promotion and Tenure: A Roadmap and Call for Reform
O'Meara, KerryAnn; Eatman, Timothy; Petersen, Saul
Liberal Education, v101 n3 Sum 2015
Despite the precipitous increase in nontenure-track faculty appointments, the promotion and tenure process continues to operate as a central "motivational and cultural force in the academic lives" of many faculty members. As a part of larger reward systems, the promotion and tenure process reflects institutional values, aspirations, privileges, and power structures. In 2010, the authors began collaborating with campus teams interested in reforming their institutions' promotion and tenure guidelines in order to define, assess, document, and reward engaged scholarship. The organizing vehicle since 2010 has been the Faculty Rewards Institute at the annual Eastern Region Campus Compact conference. To date the authors have hosted 41 campus teams, including 116 individual participants. They designed the daylong institute as an opportunity to share knowledge and tools and to enhance collective critical agency around campus reform related to faculty roles and rewards, with particular attention to how current promotion and tenure policies may exclude engaged scholarship and engaged faculty. In this article, the authors begin by sharing the process they use to engage campus teams and individuals in diagnosing what is wrong within the promotion and tenure system, what they want to change, and how to make that change. They share a template for studying and reforming promotion and tenure policies to ensure that they better reward engaged scholarship.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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