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Recognizing Team Science in the Tenure and Promotion Process: Developing a Common Tool for Evaluating Faculty Achievement

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Okraku T, McCarty C. Recognizing Team Science in the Tenure and Promotion Process: Developing a Common Tool for Evaluating Faculty Achievement. Oral presentation at 2017 SciTS Conference. Clearwater Beach, FL. Jun 14, 2017. Creating An Institutional Culture For Team Science. Online at: http://www.scienceofteamscience.org/2017-agenda.

The tenure and promotion (T&P) process at colleges and universities aims to evaluate faculty’s work and reward faculty for high quality research, teaching, and service. This evaluation system was created in a context when most research was completed by individual researchers and labs. However, contemporary research often requires researchers and labs to work in teams both within and across disciplines. This paper examines how T&P committees evaluate team science by analyzing data from text and network analysis of college level annual evaluation and T&P criteria, interviews with faculty, and a survey of researchers at a large public American university. Our study found that the current annual evaluation and T&P criteria does not sufficiently recognize team science and that faculty believe that collaborative research efforts should be rewarded. We suggest that universities provide additional mentorship to junior faculty members on how to showcase their collaborations within the existing T&P process and add additional evaluation criteria to recognize and reward team science.

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English

Type of Publication:

Oral presentation

Keywords:

scits 2017 conference, presentation, tenure, promotion

Addresses these goal(s):

  • Provide institutional support for team science
  • Conduct research on/evaluate team science

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Resource created by Jane Hwang on 10/5/2017 3:24:19 PM.

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