Best Practices Checklist: Academic Promotion and Review
Is your university using contemporary best practices for promotion and review?
If you are involved in academic staff affairs, or processes of formal academic review—such as tenure, promotion, or annual reviews—at an institution of higher education, you’re going to want to consider this detailed checklist of specific, demonstrable best practices.
Increasingly, colleges and universities are seeking ways to make their shared governance-based workflows around academic review processes more transparent, equitable, and efficient.
Meant for comparison against your school’s current practices, the checklist poses questions about pressing considerations like:
Freeing up academic staff time and reducing the burden of managing materials
Protecting confidential information and ensuring equitable treatment of all candidates
Projecting resource needs more accurately and avoiding unnecessary costs
Why it matters
Academic leaders representing the academic staff, administrative, and information technology camps have come to recognize that institutional policies around academic staff advancement carry substantial burdens that can—ironically—hold academic staff back from the full scope of their intended role at the institution. And they have noticed that, in the information era, the absence of solid institutional data or documentation on formal academic processes such as promotion and review is a significant blindspot for the institution.