How significant are the public dimensions of faculty work in review, promotion and tenure documents?

Juan P. Alperin, Carol Muñoz Nieves, Lesley A. Schimanski, Gustavo Fischman, Meredith T. Niles, Erin C. McKiernan

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Abstract

Much of the work done by faculty at both public and private universities has significant public dimensions: it is often paid for by public funds; it is often aimed at serving the public good; and it is often subject to public evaluation. To understand how the public dimensions of faculty work are valued, we analyzed review, promotion, and tenure documents from a representative sample of 129 universities in the US and Canada. Terms and concepts related to public and community are mentioned in a large portion of documents, but mostly in ways that relate to service, which is an undervalued aspect of academic careers. Moreover, the documents make significant mention of traditional research outputs and citation-based metrics: however, such outputs and metrics reward faculty work targeted to academics, and often disregard the public dimensions. Institutions that seek to embody their public mission could therefore work towards changing how faculty work is assessed and incentivized.

Original languageEnglish (US)
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Volume8
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StatePublished - Feb 12 2019
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Keywords

  • academic careers
  • higher education
  • institutional policy
  • metrics
  • none
  • open access
  • scholarly communications

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  • Neuroscience(all)
  • Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology(all)
  • Immunology and Microbiology(all)

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How significant are the public dimensions of faculty work in review, promotion and tenure documents? / Alperin, Juan P.; Muñoz Nieves, Carol; Schimanski, Lesley A.; Fischman, Gustavo; Niles, Meredith T.; McKiernan, Erin C.

In: eLife, Vol. 8, 12.02.2019.

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Alperin, Juan P. ; Muñoz Nieves, Carol ; Schimanski, Lesley A. ; Fischman, Gustavo ; Niles, Meredith T. ; McKiernan, Erin C. / How significant are the public dimensions of faculty work in review, promotion and tenure documents?. In: eLife. 2019 ; Vol. 8.
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