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Unit 1: Planning for Promotion and Tenure
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Developing and Sustaining Your Vision
Identifying and Working with Mentors
& Communities of Practice
Showcasing Your Work and Soliciting
Careful and thoughtful planning is essential to the
work we do as faculty members. While spontaneity can yield creative ideas
for community-based projects or lead to open-ended discussions with students,
developing and implementing one's vision for community-engaged scholarship
over the long-term (i.e. 5-7 years) requires a more planned approach.
This Unit encourages you to:
- Be proactive in learning the culture of your institutional environment;
- Take time to articulate your personal vision;
- Explore how to translate your vision into a viable career focused
on community-engaged scholarship; and
- Use the resources and a framework for finding mentors that can guide
you and enable you to sustain your vision.
The final section in this Unit provides practical strategies
for showcasing your community engaged work and soliciting peer review.
Faculty in the Scholarship Project [link to Scholarship Project web page,
above] consistently noted that faculty need to learn to demonstrate how
their work adds value to the institution. One faculty emphasized the need
to figure out 'how to toot their horn and find ways to make their work
For many, such self-promotion is not an easy task. It seems to be antithetical
to the values of faculty who recognize the importance of service and developing
community partnerships. Yet, faculty highlighted this strategy as essential
to navigating the promotion and tenure system, which is designed to reward
the merit and worth of the individual faculty member. In addition to the
manuscripts you write for peer-reviewed journals, a strategic way to make
the impact of your work stand out is to solicit peer review for applied
products. These 'applied products' may include innovative intervention
programs, curricula, educational materials for community groups, or policies
at the local, state and national levels.
In this Unit, we provide a set of strategies for having
these types of applied products reviewed by your academic and community
peers. This strategy will enable you to subtly showcase your work over
the long-term and open a dialogue with department chairs and mentors.
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