Keeping The Faith: Successful Strategies to Help Underrepresented Faculty Achieve Tenure and Promotion
The editors of the collection of essays tentatively titled Keeping The Faith: Successful Strategies to Help Underrepresented Faculty Achieve Tenure and Promotion, invite faculty members from the aforementioned groups (i.e., people of color, GLBT, international, disabled, Christians and Non-Christians, etc.) to submit essays related to their experiences in earning tenure/and or promotion to associate or full professor. While stories of challenges and barriers are welcome, this is primarily an anthology for educators to share lessons and resources, rather than simply outline grievances with the tenure or promotion process.
Contributors are urged to write about the lessons and suggestions for concrete successful strategies. This edited volume will give scholars who have been through this process the opportunity to reflect and share strategies for earning tenure and promotion at colleges and universities with others in the academy desirous of outside mentoring. Contributors are asked to share their personal experiences in achieving tenure or promotion in the academy as well as to provide brief, yet specific examples from their research and teaching portfolios. The essays we accept must have a common theme of overcoming adversity. They can include one or more of the following elements: race, gender, sexual preference, politics, disability, and religion.
Essays should address the following topics: effective teaching and publication strategies, managing service and teaching expectations, developing meaningful collegial relationships with junior and senior faculty, navigating the murky political waters at small, medium and/or large institutions, quantitative data such as charts and statistical data from comments related to your teaching, research and service from students, faculty, department chairs, senior level administrative officials, outside reviewers and alumni.
Each co-editor for this project, Dr. Dwayne Mack, Dr. Stephanie Evans, and Dr. Elwood Watson have experienced the tenure and promotion process. We feel that this forthcoming collection will provide a valuable service as well as inspire tenure track and associate level faculty to overcome anxiety in dealing with the tenure and promotion process.
Please send a 12-18 page essay electronically by Dec. 17, 2010 to
Dwayne Mack, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of History
Berea, Kentucky 40404
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