Simple Commitment but Long-Term Challenge: P&T and SoTL

Academic Leader

For well over 20 years we have heard that higher education does not reward teaching. We have also heard that research accomplishments come first in determining tenure and promotion decisions, and teaching second. At the same time, the imperative to increase our valuing of teaching continues. What if higher education actually responded to these calls to increase the value of teaching? What if colleges and universities demanded higher levels of teaching performance for tenure, for example? Would that make a difference? Perhaps and perhaps not—making a commitment to higher levels of performance is one thing, but determining achieve higher levels of performance is another.

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