Measuring Faculty Productivity for Department Chairs

AHA Session 94
Saturday, January 3, 2015: 10:30 AM-12:00 PM
Sutton South (New York Hilton, Second Floor)
Tracy K'Meyer, University of Louisville
Michael P. Breen, Reed College
Paul R. Deslandes, University of Vermont
Diane P. Koenker, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
David Rich Lewis, Western Historical Quarterly and Utah State University
Lawrence Martin, Stony Brook University

Session Abstract

Increasingly departments are being asked to quantify the professional productivity of faculty in a whole variety of ways.  Where the term "peer-reviewed" might once have been enough to suggest quality of scholarship, now departments grapple with impact factors, citation counts, and journal rankings in tenure and promotion decisions, annual review, and post-tenure review.  This session is designed to provide an interactive space for discussion of how department chairs are "counting" faculty productivity and how they are seeking to reframe the narrative to emphasize issues of quality as well as quantity.

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