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Faculty Perceptions of Clarity in Promotion and Tenure Evaluations


by Julie L. Quimby, Douglas N. Ross & Douglas M. Sanford — August 16, 2006

Evaluation of faculty for promotion and tenure (P&T) has been viewed as a process for expressing institutional values and supporting a school’s mission. Yet, the criteria utilized by departments and colleges to make P&T decisions often are unclear to the faculty, particularly at teaching colleges and universities. We examined faculty perceptions of clarity and fairness in P&T evaluations by surveying 213 full-time faculty members at a public, metropolitan university about their perceptions of the relative importance of teaching, research, and service. Results showed that perceptions of P&T criteria at the department level differed from perceptions of criteria at the college level, and that a disparity existed between perceptions of what faculty believed the actual P&T criteria were and what faculty believed the criteria should be. The discussion includes implications for future research and the improvement of the P&T evaluation process.


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record, Date Published: August 16, 2006
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 12668, Date Accessed: 12/14/2017 8:19:41 AM

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  • Julie Quimby
    Towson University
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    JULIE L. QUIMBY, Ph.D. is an assistant professor and director of the graduate program in counseling psychology at Towson University. Dr. Quimby teaches applied counseling courses and professional and ethical issues in clinical and counseling psychology. Her research interests center on counselor training, women’s career development, and college student adjustment.
  • Douglas Ross
    Towson University
    DOUGLAS N. ROSS, Ph.D. is a professor in the Department of Management at Towson University. Dr. Ross teaches courses in strategic management, business policy and strategy, and multinational management and culture. A Fulbright scholar, Dr. Ross has interests in comparative management and culture, integration of technology and teaching, and business case studies focused on the biotechnology industry.
  • Douglas Sanford
    Towson University
    DOUGLAS SANFORD, Ph.D. is Assistant Dean of Learning and Assessment and Assistant Professor of Management at Towson University. As Chair of the college assessment committee, he has become central to his college’s efforts towards improvement. He has taught undergraduate, masters, doctoral, and executive level courses in international business and corporate strategy. His scholarly expertise is in strategic management and international management.
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