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ERIC Number: EJ1223367
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2019
Abstractor: As Provided
How Are Faculty Rewarded and Recognized for Assessment Work outside the Classroom?
Smith, Elizabeth E.; Gordon, Sarah
Research & Practice in Assessment, v14 p65-77 Sum 2019
Although faculty are an important part of collecting, analyzing, and using student learning data for improvement, significant barriers often prevent faculty from being involved in assessment work outside the classroom. One potential obstacle to faculty involvement in assessment is the misalignment between the work and faculty rewards structures. Through a multi-level sequential development mixed methods study, this paper addresses a gap in the assessment literature by describing how faculty are rewarded and recognized for assessment work outside the classroom. Stipends and course releases, food and drinks at assessment meetings, promotion and tenure consideration, and general campus exposure were the rewards most frequently described by faculty participants. Administrators seeking to improve faculty engagement in assessment work should consider creating specific policies permitting assessment work to be included in the promotion and tenure process to both recognize the importance of assessment work and reward faculty for participating in such efforts.
Descriptors: Rewards, College Faculty, Student Evaluation, Teacher Attitudes, Administrator Attitudes, Teacher Participation, Professional Recognition, Tenure, Faculty Promotion, Department Heads, College Administration, Compensation (Remuneration), Data Use, Data Analysis, Data Collection
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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