Challenging Promotion and Tenure Traditions in Academic Libraries

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Steve Cramer, Business Librarian (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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Abstract: The status of librarians as faculty in academia continues to evolve. There are many campus models for library faculty with variations on rank, promotion and tenure guidelines; expectations for scholarship and service; and level of participation in faculty governance. This chapter briefly reviews the pros and cons of academic librarians having faculty status but then focuses on a three-year process of changing the nature of library faculty status for the university librarians at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG). Those changes include adding ranks to our faculty guidelines after decades of having faculty status but no ranks and adding quality and quantity specifications to our expectations for scholarship and service. These were bottom-up initiatives driven by both tenured and untenured librarians but with full support of library administrators, the provost, and leaders in the UNCG Faculty Senate.

Additional Information

M.A. Crumpton & N.J. Bird (Ed.). Emerging Human Resource Trends in Academic Libraries (p.43-55). Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield.
Language: English
Date: 2021
promotion and tenure, faculty, UNCG, academic libraries

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