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Going Digital With Annual Review, Tenure & Promotion Materials

The ubiquitous tenure binder, serving as documentation of one’s academic endeavors, is gradually being replaced by digital processes that involve significantly fewer hours spent on printing and copying. If your university has recently switched over to a digital system, or if you’ve just started at an institution with a digital materials submissions process, you’re probably in a position where you’ve got a lot of papers and files sitting around in need of scanning and organizing. This was my pos…


Paperless Promotion and Tenure Process?

Stack of PapersAnyone who works in higher education here in the second decade of the 21st century knows that the late-20th-century idea of the “paperless office” is still a long way from reality. In particular, whenever materials need to be reviewed for an award or for promotion & tenure, print is still the medium by which those materials need to be shared–on many campuses, not all of them. Having had to generate these kinds of materials a number of different times, I can testify to the expense and tedium that…


Getting Your Digital Work to Count

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Here at ProfHacker, we regularly write about the stages of professional life in academia. One of the most important–and therefore the most stressful–is preparing for promotion and tenure. George wrote about this subject last week; Anastasia has had advice about starting a tenure box; Nels has covered writing annual reviews; and Natalie recently featured a list of our posts on annual reviews and CVs.

Of course, ProfHackers also tend to like digital tools, both in our teaching and research, and s…


Preparing for Promotion and Tenure

Last week, Natalie published “From the Archives: CVs and Annual Reports.” Well, I was planning on publishing a post this week about “Preparing for Promotion and Tenure,” but it turns out that I’ve been beaten to the punch. (That’s just as well, given that my post was going to share the three most important pieces of advice I’ve received while the post I’m referring to contains ten.)

In “Top 10 Strategies for Preparing the Annual Tenure and Promotion Dossier,” Joy J. Burnham, Lisa M. Hooper, and Vivian H. Wright provide advice designed to “assist junior faculty prepare an annual tenure and promotion dossier that best demonstrates and documents competencies in teaching, research, and service.”

What follows is an excerpted version of their list of ten strategies:
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From the Archives: CVs and Annual Reports

paperAlthough the academic curriculum vitae (CV) and annual activity report often differ in scope and format, both documents attempt to describe and/or document the range of professional activities faculty and staff perform. On some campuses, the annual report may in fact consist only of an updated CV; on others the CV is only one part of an annual reporting effort that may also involve the completion of forms or spreadsheets.

Although updating and completing these documents can feel like a chore, es…