Many Departments Continue to Struggle Over Service

Benjamin Rusnak for The Chronicle

Andrew Furman has led the English department twice during his 20 years at Florida Atlantic U. It’s hard to distribute service evenly, he says, when you have faculty members who shirk it because they don’t think it will get them tenure.
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When academic departments try to determine how to encourage, assess, and reward faculty-service activities, they are joining a debate that has been playing out in academe for decades.

In the early 1990s, for example, 15 academic societies and...

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