Scholarship Reconsidered

Scholarship Reconsidered

A UCCS Think Tank

The goal of the Think Tank is to facilitate a unique collaboration among selected attendees to learn together, share knowledge, and be inspired to consider bold actions and unconventional approaches to transform the future of promotion to full professor reviews at UCCS. We are creating an intentional space that allows for discussing and sharing of visions, definitions, and values, as well as to strategize possible change efforts. We will actively challenge each other on the assumptions, implications, and future directions for promotion to full professor processes at UCCS. Review our white paper below and offer your feedback here!

Scholarship Reconsidered 2023 White Paper



Watch Dr. KerryAnn O'Meara's Talk on Scholarship Reconsideration

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Problems with the Promotion to Full Professor Process

When was the last time your unit updated its criteria for promotion to Full Professor? Even if updates were made recently, how much has it really changed in the last 25 years? Over the years, the ways in which scholarship is manifest has evolved, including more novel dissemination outlets (e.g. podcasts, blogs), community participatory research, and interdisciplinary research teams. However, the ways in which faculty are rewarded for these efforts is not reflected in current promotion evaluation criteria. Beyond just scholarship, these criteria often undervalue the vital work our faculty do in service to their university and overlook the countless hours spent mentoring the next generation of scholars. How then can we make intentional shifts in how faculty are evaluated for promotion and tenure to better reflect and reward the work they do?  

The Boyer Model

Long before we were holding regular Zoom meetings with our research team in different parts of the world, Ernest L. Boyer was advocating for a new way of thinking about what "counts" as scholarship and how teaching and service duties can be more fairly rewarded. The Boyer Model, described in detail in the 1990 publication from Boyer himself Scholarship Reconsidered: Priorities of the Professoriate challenges the status quo of the academy's publish-or-perish expectation of faculty productivity and success.  Other universities have successfully initiated change to their promotion criteria based upon the Boyer Model including Seattle University's ADVANCE from whom Project CREST has adapted procedures for creating system-level change right there at UCCS. Additionally, other institutions have leverage the Boyer Model for modifying other university systems including undergraduate education.

The Future of Promotion to Full Professor at UCCS

Can we change the promotion to Full Professor criteria here at UCCS to better reflect what our faculty do to serve our students, the university, and their fields? The answer is yes, we must. In the Fall of 2022 a group of 20 faculty and administrators representing every college on campus have been brought together by Project CREST to think deeply on what scholarship means to them and how best we can move forward as a university to effectively and equitably evaluate our faculty for promotion decisions. The Scholarship Reconsidered: A UCCS Promotion Think Tank met three times through the Fall 2022 semester to discuss the Boyer model and learned how other institutions have integrated this model into their evaluation policies. They produce a white paper in Spring 2023 to make recommendations to leadership about what they want included in promotion criteria revisions. If you have feedback on the white paper you'd like to share, please do so HERE!

Scholarship Reconsidered: A UCCS Promotion Think Tank

Who is the Think Tank:

All faculty members of the Think Tank were self- or other-nominated to take part in these discussions via an open call to campus. Members and the departments they represent are listed below. These think tank members also led conversations with campus members in a series of Considere Conversations to dicuss in detail the ideas present in the white paper. Read the Considered Conversation Guide here.

Johanna BaezSocial WorkAssistant
Jackie BerningHealth ScienceFull
Philip BrownComputer ScienceAssistant
Tom ChristensenPhysicsFull
Samantha ChristiansenHistoryAssociate
Minette ChurchAnthropologyFull
Beth DanielsPsychologyAssociate
Tabby FarneyLibraryAssociate Dean
Peter GorderMAEAssociate
Christina JimenezHistoryFull
Martin KeyMarketingAssociate
Farida KhanEconomicsFull
David KocsisInformation SystemsAssistant
Joey LeeHealth SciencesAssistant
Sylvia MendezLeadership, Research, FoundationsFull
Emily SkopGeographyFull
Jessi L. SmithPsychologyFull
Heather SongElectrical and Computer EngineeringFull
Joe WehrmanCounselingFull
Regina WintersPublic AdministrationAssociate Dean
Patty WitkowskyLeadership, Research, FoundationsAssociate