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Faculty Promotion and Tenure: Eight Ways to Improve the Tenure Review Process at Your Institution

Few issues have more powder keg potential than academic tenure. Not only is applying for tenure a nerve-racking, time and labor intensive process for faculty, but the resulting tenure decisions can cause discontent for tenure candidates and ill will in departments. Tenure even carries the potential for costly lawsuits for institutions.

It’s no wonder then, when it comes to faculty promotion and tenure policies, colleges and universities tread lightly while at the same time are always seeking new, better ways to bring more transparency and clarity to this critical system.


New academic tenure and promotion processes, often developed to reflect changing needs (i.e., how to reward online faculty) or dispel old assumptions (i.e., research is more important than teaching and service), cannot and should not be implemented overnight, but they are worth close examination to see if similar processes would make sense for your school.

This Faculty Focus special report features eight thought-provoking articles from Academic Leader, and was created to provide you with new perspectives on the promotion and tenure process. Some will challenge your thinking. Others will confirm your suspicions. All will lend valuable perspective to your academic tenure and personnel policies.

Here are the timely articles you will find in this report:

  • Alternate Paths to Tenure: Reward Teaching
  • Simple Commitment but Long-Term Challenge: Promotion and Tenure, and the Scholarship of Teaching & Learning (P&T and SoTL)
  • Improving Documentation for Promotion and Tenure
  • Revising Workload, Promotion, and Tenure Policies for Online Faculty
  • Rethinking Scholarly Publication for Tenure
  • Collegiality as Selection Criterion in the Search Process
  • Faculty Expectations Regarding Personnel Decisions
  • Faculty and Administrators Collaborate on Personnel Decisions


We’re confident Faculty Promotion and Tenure: Eight Ways to Improve the Tenure Review Process at Your Institution will provide you with practical strategies to help spark discussions on whether to revise the academic tenure processes your school.

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Faculty Focus contains a wealth of valuable material – not just about academic tenure and promotion policies, but all of today’s hot button issues that are important to faculty and administrators. It’s packed with ideas, best practices, and other information you can use on the topics that impact your students, your school and your work, including:

  • Instructional Design
  • Faculty Development
  • Distance Learning
  • Classroom Management
  • Educational Assessment
  • Faculty Evaluation
  • Learning Styles
  • Curriculum Development
  • Community College Issues
  • Trends in Higher Education
  • And much, much more.

If it’s been awhile since you reviewed your academic tenure and promotion policies, you’ll want to download Faculty Promotion and Tenure: Eight Ways to Improve the Tenure Review Process at Your Institution, a special report developed to give you new perspectives for meeting today’s challenges.



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