ACHIEVING TRANSFORMATIONAL CHANGE IN PROMOTION AND TENURE POLICIES FOR COMMUNITY-ENGAGED TEACHING AND SCHOLARSHIP

These experienced faculty, administrators, and researchers shared their strategic approaches to influence, integrate, and transform promotion and tenure guidelines and policies at the departmental and institutional levels. From building from an institutional culture of engagement to seizing a pivotal moment in higher education and society, these panelists shared their reflections, research analyses, cautions, and successful strategies for achieving transformational change in promotion and tenure policies for community-engaged teaching and scholarship.

APRIL 16, 2024 WEBINAR

PROMISING P&T REFORMS FOR SOCIETALLY-IMPACTFUL RESEARCH: Strategies and Opportunities

This session explored findings from a new white paper that scans promising reforms to faculty reward systems to recognize a wider range of scholarly contributions in promotion and tenure decisions. The project was commissioned by participants in the Transforming Evidence Funders Network (TEFN), facilitated by The Pew Charitable Trusts.

In this session, co-authors Emily Ozer, Jennifer Renick, Bruce Jentleson, and Bemmy Maharramli shared findings from the project, including recommendations for funders, who are increasingly pursuing investments in the structures, cultures, and conditions that enable more societally-impactful research. Benjamin Olneck-Brown discussed TEFN’s interest in supporting coordination among funders, university leaders, and other partners to build on the substantial momentum outlined in the white paper and catalyze innovations that lead to more dynamic, equitable, and impactful research systems..

FEBRUARY 5, 2024 WEBINAR

MOVING BEYOND THE POLICY: Practical Considerations for Reforming Promotion and Tenure

On Wednesday, November 8th, Dr. Emily Janke gave a detailed discussion about advancing efforts to more effectively integrate community engagement in an institution’s promotion and tenure structures, processes, and procedures.  Dr. Janke shared in-depth insights and learnings from the past 15 years about how the University of North Carolina Greensboro tackles promotion and tenure reform – the successes, the challenges, and what matters most when working to advance institutional change, outlining the concrete steps UNCG has taken to bolster campus support for and understanding of valuing community engagement within promotion and tenure.

NOVEMBER 8, 2023 WEBINAR

EMILY M. JANKE, PHD

Emily M. Janke, PhD, has served as the director of the Institute for Community & Economic Engagement since 2010, where she has supported UNC Greensboro’s transformation as a community-engaged university. She is also a professor in the Peace and Conflict Studies department where she contributes to its community-engaged scholarship through teaching, research, and service. As a scholar-administrator, Emily has advanced practice and scholarship in the areas of interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary scholarship with diverse and inclusive teams; the equitable treatment of community-engaged scholarship in workload, hiring, and promotion and tenure policy and practices; strategic efforts to track and monitor community engagement and public service within and across institutions; pluralistic and open scholarly communications; resident-level community boards to support respectful institutional engagement; and the use of restorative practices in interpersonal, intergroup, and organizational culture.

Emily was inducted into the Academy of Community Engagement Scholars in 2021 and served as a Senior Fellow for Duke University’s Office of Civic and Community Engagement in the Office of Durham and Community Affairs in 2022.  She has been honored to receive the Barbara A. Holland Scholar-Administrator Award given by the Coalition of Urban and Metropolitan Universities, the Civic Engagement Professional of the Year Award given by the North Carolina Campus Compact, the Early Career Researcher Award and the Dissertation Award given by the International Association for Research on Service-Learning and Community Engagement, and the John Saltmarsh Award for Emerging Leaders in Civic Engagement given by American Association of State Colleges and Universities’ American Democracy Project. She is a co-author of Collaboratory®, a publicly searchable, online database of community engagement activities within and across institutions of higher education. She has served on the Carnegie Foundation’s Community Engagement Elective Classification since 2014 and is on the editorial boards of the Michigan Journal of Community Service Learning, the Metropolitan Universities Journal, and the Journal of Higher Education Outreach and Engagement. She enjoys collaborating with a variety of scholars (inclusively defined) to re-imagine the future of community engagement in higher education so that it is more inclusive, impactful, restorative, and just.

RE-ENVISIONING PUBLICLY-ENGAGED SCHOLARSHIP IN PROMOTION AND TENURE (FEBRUARY, 2023)

LEAD California, North Carolina Campus Engagement, and Collaboratory are partnering on a series of conversations (webinars and in-person events) that focus on transforming faculty engaged scholarship promotion and tenure policies and practices in higher education. We began with this first “grounding” webinar in the series, held on February 13, 2023.

Many institutions know promotion and tenure policies need to be revised and evaluative metrics need to be created to better recognize, reward, and retain publicly engaged faculty. But oftentimes they are hit with “analysis paralysis” – the details of where or how to start can be overwhelming. Focused on the big-picture of navigating institutional change, this panel will share insights from three scholars who have helped their institutions revise both formal and informal promotion and tenure processes, and will offer insights for collective movement.

FEBRUARY 13, 2023 WEBINAR

PANELISTS

Dr. Timothy Eatman, Dean of the Honors Living-Learning Community, Rutgers University

Dr. Emily Janke, Associate Professor of Peace and Conflict Studies, and Director of the Institute for Community and Economic Engagement, UNC Greensboro

Dr. David Donahue, Professor of Education, University of San Francisco

WEBINAR RESOURCES

Publicly Engaged Scholarship Evaluation  https://academicaffairs.iupui.edu/AAContent/Html/Media/AAContent/Faculty- Affairs/Promotion-and-Tenure/PESRC/IUPUI-CES-Evaluation-Rubric.pdf

Guidelines for Evaluating Publicly-Engaged Scholarship (Rutgers)   https://academicaffairs.rutgers.edu/sites/default/files/2022- 03/Publicly%20Engaged%20Scholarship%20Guidelines%20Fall%202019-1.pdf

Campus Compact  https://compact.org/resources/tenure-and-promotion-for-engaged-scholarship-a- repository?f%255B0%255D%3Dresource_tag=698

Levels of Action (peace building)  https://www.beyondintractability.org/essay/hierarchical_intervention_levels

Resources for Faculty that include definitions  https://communityengagement.uncg.edu/resources/

Story of engagement work from definitions, to discussions, to strategic planning  https://communityengagement.uncg.edu/publications-reports/

Building the Architecture for Diversity and Community Engagement in Higher Education  https://imaginingamerica.org/wp-content/uploads/fullparticipation.pdf

Community Engagement  https://communityengagement.uncg.edu/our-scholarship/

The University of Richmond’s Bonner of Center of Civic Engagement has helped to facilitate getting community partner’s voice in tenure and promotion process  https://engage.richmond.edu/courses-scholarship/pdf- publications/Community-Partner-Review.pdf