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Guidelines for Tenure and Promotion for Interdisciplinary Faculty

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Guidelines for Tenure and Promotion for Interdisciplinary Faculty. Association for Interdisciplinary Studies; 2016.

In March 2014 the Board of Directors of the Association for Interdisciplinary Studies (AIS) appointed a task force to prepare guidelines on tenure and promotion (T&P) for interdisciplinarians. The members of the task force, listed alphabetically, are former AIS Presidents Julie Thompson Klein, Karen Moranski, and Roslyn Schindler. They were responding to a widely expressed need for guidelines that both faculty and institutions can use in preparing and evaluating individual cases. Tenure and promotion have historically operated with the implicit and explicit purpose of affirming standards and authority of the professoriate. Yet, discipline-dominated criteria do not ensure appropriate assessment of interdisciplinary work. As new faculty begin their careers, they frequently hear their institutions welcome it. During formal review, however, they often get mixed signals. Michael Ruse’s blog entry on “Interdisciplinary Studies,” which appeared December 9 of 2010 in the Chronicle of Higher Education, contends this reality is at worst a kind of bait and switch. Ruse is not alone in calling attention to the gap between the rhetoric of endorsement and the reality of practice. Preliminary surveys of individuals and institutions for the 2004 National Research Council report on Facilitating Interdisciplinary Research identified tenure and promotion as the top-ranked impediment to interdisciplinary faculty work (2004, 73).

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