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ERIC Number: EJ814351
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 3
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0190-2946
Scholarship Is Changing, and so Must Tenure Review
Hurtado, Sylvia; Sharkness, Jessica
Academe, v94 n5 p37-39 Sep-Oct 2008
The future strength of the tenure system--and the survival of tenure itself--largely depends on the continuing support of faculty and the capacity of faculty to develop review processes that recognize emerging forms of scholarship. Assessments of the quality of scholarship through internal and external reviews, however, do not always reward new kinds of scholarship; in many cases, traditional tenure review processes discourage innovation and serve to reinforce existing disciplinary paradigms. Faculty must obtain tenure in order to gain the freedom to pursue innovative research, yet ironically, the process of acquiring tenure may constrain talented scholars to normative modes of scholarship and pursuits within established paradigms. In this article, the authors contend that if the essential value of tenure lies in providing a secure environment for the development of new knowledge and innovation, then the review processes must adapt to changes in scholarship.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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