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Tenure And Promotion: The Plan, The Report, And The Evaluation

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1999 Annual Conference


Charlotte, North Carolina

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June 20, 1999

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June 20, 1999

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June 23, 1999



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4.504.1 - 4.504.5

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Keith V. Johnson

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Session 2548

Tenure and Promotion: The plan, the report, and the evaluation

Dr. Keith V. Johnson

Department of Technology East Tennessee State University Johnson City, TN 37614

Abstract The process of tenure and promotion can be a harrowing experience for faculty in higher education. A tenured faculty member is one whose job, with a few exceptions, is secured for life. These exceptions typically include the closure of the department, (although a good faith effort may be made to place them in a related department within the university), gross negligence, and sexual harassment. Tenure was designed to protect faculty from the volatile behavior and attitudes of administrators. The process generally occurs in the sixth year of employment and for many can be stressful. A candidate for tenure and promotion is evaluated in the areas of teaching, scholarship and service. This manuscript addresses tactics, strategies and approaches that were utilized by the author to overcome the tenure and promotion process.

The Plan Tenure was designed to protect faculty from the volatile behaviors and attitudes of administrators. For many, the tenure and promotion process is a toilsome one that is very stressful for the candidate. The process generally occurs in the sixth year of employment and the candidate is evaluated on teaching, scholarship, and service. There are many strategies and approaches that can be used to lessen the stress and alleviate some of the frustration involved in the tenure and promotion process. The plan presented by the writer in this manuscript was utilized and proved to be successful.

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Johnson, K. V. (1999, June), Tenure And Promotion: The Plan, The Report, And The Evaluation Paper presented at 1999 Annual Conference, Charlotte, North Carolina.

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