Facilitator: Michael Mandiberg
Provocateurs: Stephen Duncombe, Cheryl Ball, and David Greetham
Faculty evaluation for purposes of promotion and tenure in the university has typically focused on individual scholarly output, measured by production and print publication of scholarly monographs and journal articles, and, to a lesser extent, estimations of teaching ability and provision of “service” to one’s academic discipline and department. The rapid growth and deployment of digital technologies in colleges and universities has begun to reshape not only classroom instruction but also the very nature of academic research and publication and the notion of academic service, in the process challenging longstanding assumptions about the structure and functioning of the academy. This workshop will explore the implications for tenure and promotion of the rise of digital scholarship and pedagogy, with particular emphasis on: the emergence of collaborative and multidisciplinary digital research efforts; the growing presence of refereed online scholarly outlets and non-refereed social networking sites (e.g. “blogs”) that are challenging traditional academic print journals; and the ways digital classrooms have helped transform teaching and learning by de-centering the “professor at the front of the class” and re-focusing attention on students as active creators of knowledge. A number of questions and issues flow from these developments:
- How have digital technologies re-shaped and re-imagined the creation and distribution of scholarly knowledge?
- How has growing use of these technologies by academics, especially younger ones, complicated traditional academic processes of tenure and peer-review?
- How can we begin to challenge and change longstanding faculty and administrative opposition to valuing non-traditional forms of academic research and publication in the tenure and promotion process?
- Will valuing digital scholarship and teaching diminish academic quality and standards?
- Is it possible or desirable to broaden the notion of academic “service” to encompass digital development and production of websites, blogs, teaching resources, etc.?