Having a "home" under an established college has strengthened the Honors Program's ability to establish reasonable criteria for tenure and promotion
comparable to other units on campus.
This article seeks to understand the key aspects of the tenure and promotion
Even the non-academic reader, unfamiliar with the complexities of university tenure and promotion
, will find the process demystified.
Tenure and promotion
policies define, set expectations for, and motivate faculty engagement and development-the lifeblood of any institution of higher learning.
Albright and Petrulis (2007) wrote: "Since there is no tenure system in England, however, promotion to senior lecturer (roughly equivalent to associate professor) involves an application process, similar in some respects to the tenure application process, but independent of completion of the probationary period" (Rank, Tenure and Promotion
Tenure and promotion
routines in academic organizations are "rule-based actions." Rule-based actions differ from "choice-based actions" (March et al., 2000, p.
Many researchers have attempted to ascribe gender differences in tenure and promotion
to individual and institutional characteristics, disciplinary cultures, and the academic "pipeline." Others suggest that discrimination is responsible in part for women's differential career success.
For example, when mission statements of colleges and universities emphasize teaching and service, teaching and service work roles are likely to receive greater emphasis or weight in tenure and promotion
decision making than the scholarship role.
Universal criteria cannot be easily applied because tenure and promotion
practices vary according to the different missions and types of institutions (Antony & Raveling, 1998).
Over 50% of the nursing programs surveyed did not consider scholarship productivity important for tenure and promotion
decisions, or salary increase.
The basic human capital model in, for example, Becker (1975) would predict the exactly opposite relationship between tenure and promotion
One candidate sought tenure and promotion
from assistant to associate professor.