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September 5, 2012, 11:00 am
Anyone who works in higher education here in the second decade of the 21st century knows that the late-20th-century idea of the “paperless office” is still a long way from reality. In particular, whenever materials need to be reviewed for an award or for promotion & tenure, print is still the medium by which those materials need to be shared–on many campuses, not all of them. Having had to generate these kinds of materials a number of different times, I can testify to the expense and tedium that characterizes the process: buying the right quality 3-ring-binders, punching holes in all of my documents, buying divider sheets and carefully adding labels to them, printing and printing and printing and printing… Replacing the toner cartridge, then printing and printing and printing and printing…
And now that I’m on a few peer review committees, I’m seeing things from the other side:…
August 7, 2012, 11:29 am
A disturbing development during ProfHacker’s summer vacation was the Wayne State University administration’s proposal, made during contract negotiations, to effectively eliminate tenure.
If you missed this story, you can get a good overview of the situation here, or you can read direct summaries of the negotiations here.
While the associate provost quoted in the Inside Higher Ed story characterizes the union as scaremongering, it’s worth pointing out that the university hired a lead negotiator who drove faculty to strike at a different Michigan university several years ago. It seems unlikely that this was accidental.
The current proposal would, as a practical matter, dramatically reduce the faculty’s role in peer evaluation, and would allow management remarkable discretion in laying off even high-performing faculty members.
Wayne State would become the first…
April 25, 2012, 3:00 pm
Last week, Natalie published “From the Archives: CVs and Annual Reports.” Well, I was planning on publishing a post this week about “Preparing for Promotion and Tenure,” but it turns out that I’ve been beaten to the punch. (That’s just as well, given that my post was going to share the three most important pieces of advice I’ve received while the post I’m referring to contains ten.)
In “Top 10 Strategies for Preparing the Annual Tenure and Promotion Dossier,” Joy J. Burnham, Lisa M. Hooper, and Vivian H. Wright provide advice designed to “assist junior faculty prepare an annual tenure and promotion dossier that best demonstrates and documents competencies in teaching, research, and service.”
What follows is an excerpted version of their list of ten strategies:
April 16, 2012, 11:00 am
Although the academic curriculum vitae (CV) and annual activity report often differ in scope and format, both documents attempt to describe and/or document the range of professional activities faculty and staff perform. On some campuses, the annual report may in fact consist only of an updated CV; on others the CV is only one part of an annual reporting effort that may also involve the completion of forms or spreadsheets.
Although updating and completing these documents can feel like a chore, especially at busy times of semester, they offer important rhetorical opportunities to convey the variety, depth, and scope of your professional work. Joshua Eyler’s excellent recent essay The Rhetoric of the CV considers this point in relation to graduate students’ self-presentation on the job market. Here at ProfHacker, we’ve discussed some other important aspects of CVs and annual reports:
January 31, 2012, 8:00 am
We’re already a month into the new year, and planning for next semester may well be underway at your university–with annual deadlines and reviews right around the corner. In the hectic transition between semesters or with the holiday rush, it’s easy to have lost sight of well-meant plans to keep better records and update files regularly. But while 2011 is still fresh in your memory, it’s a great time to catch up on records. Here are a few strategies for revisiting your tenure box or other personal archive with spring semester goals in mind.
Start thinking about your annual review now. If you’re at a stage in your career where you have an annual review or progress for tenure report due, it’s a great idea to read the forms early–Nels has some great suggestions for making sense of your annual report requirements. There are a number of additional strategies for keeping up with…
January 25, 2012, 3:00 pm
A Report on the MLA Preconference on Evaluating Digital Work for Promotion and Tenure
[This is a guest post by Adeline Koh, an assistant professor of literature at Richard Stockton College, New Jersey. Her research and teaching interests are in postcolonial literature and theory, 20th century British literature, African and Southeast Asian literature, global feminist theory, and the digital humanities. She is currently the director of The Stockton Postcolonial Studies Project, an online magazine on postcolonial studies and the digital humanities. Find her on twitter at @adelinekoh. -GHW]
The call to seriously consider forms of new media such as blogging, YouTube and Twitter as part of academic scholarship is growing louder and louder. In the wake of the January Modern Language Association meeting in Seattle, Kathleen Fitzpatrick (@kfitz), the director of the MLA office of scholarly…
August 4, 2011, 3:00 pm
As a first-time tenure-track assistant professor, I’m already looking down the road to the different stages of tenure review. Academia has a number of different hurdles, often based on assessment of productivity over spans of years. So whether you’re in the same position as me, further down the line, or starting to think about the job market, it’s worth building good habits in personal archiving. While caught in the moment it’s easy to think that we’ll remember everything–but committees, teaching, service, publications and other work can add up fast.
What goes in your tenure dossier (or other portfolio) varies by university. Karen Kelsky has a good overview of the basics here. Before I started planning on what types of documents to save, I looked at the tenure dossier requirements for my area at a range of universities. Just because my department now doesn’t want a certain type of…
April 8, 2011, 11:00 am
A few weeks ago, we received a comment on one of our open threads asking for advice on writing annual reviews, documents that come in all shapes and sizes and are done for a range of purposes. Most of them are tied tightly to their particular institutional contexts, but a few general thoughts did come to my mind.
Know the purpose of your annual report. Reports can be used in different ways, and you should really know who will read yours and why. Is your continued employment based on it? Does it affect any possible raises or other benefits? Is it just for your chair or will your dean see it, too?
Know how you can put the report to use. One of the best pieces of advice I was given before I wrote my first annual review was to think of it as a draft of my tenure dossier. In other words, I was encouraged to put in as much detail as possible about my student…