Innovative Higher Education

, Volume 42, Issue 3, pp 193–205 | Cite as

The Dynamic between Knowledge Production and Faculty Evaluation: Perceptions of the Promotion and Tenure Process across Disciplines

Article

Abstract

This study sought to understand predictors of faculty satisfaction with promotion and tenure processes and reasonableness of expectations in the context of a striving institution. The factors we investigated included discipline (high-consensus [science and math] vs. low-consensus [humanities and social sciences]); demographic variables; and institutional support including mentoring, collegiality, work-life integration, and college commitment to faculty members’ fields. High-consensus faculty members were less satisfied with promotion and tenure processes than were low-consensus faculty members (p < .01). Faculty members who were more satisfied with collegiality (p < .001) and with college commitment to their fields (p < .05) were more satisfied with promotion and tenure processes. Faculty members who were more satisfied with work-life integration and mentoring were more satisfied with reasonableness of expectations (p < .05).

Keywords

Promotion and tenure Roles and rewards Faculty development High and low consensus disciplines 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • J. Kasi Jackson
    • 1
  • Melissa Latimer
    • 1
  • Rachel Stoiko
    • 1
  1. 1.West Virginia UniversityMorgantownUSA

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