ERIC Number: EJ755423
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Jan-5
Reference Count: 0
Are Editors Out of the Tenure Process?
Chronicle of Higher Education, v53 n18 pA11 Jan 2007
University presses have complained for years that tenure committees unfairly expect their editors to be arbiters of what counts as tenure-worthy work. At the same time, the presses have been caught in a business-side squeeze between dwindling sales (and shrinking subsidies) and the ever-greater pressure on scholars to publish. In this article, the author discusses the report of the Modern Language Association's Task Force on Evaluating Scholarship for Tenure and Promotion. Faculty members involved in the tenure process were not the only ones eager to read its conclusions. University-press directors and editors have also been curious, to say the least, about what the report would have to offer them in the way of reassurance and relief. Lindsay Waters, executive editor for the humanities at Harvard University Press, describes himself as feeling "personally vindicated" when he read the MLA panel's breakdown of the situation. The MLA report offers 20 recommendations. Foremost is its call for "a more capacious conception of scholarship"--that is, for overthrowing "the tyranny of the monograph."
Descriptors: Tenure, University Presses, College Faculty, Scholarship, Faculty Promotion, Faculty Publishing, Faculty Evaluation, Financial Problems, Financial Support, Peer Evaluation, Grants
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