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Deans Council on Tenure and Promotion and support for digital scholarship


Description

PB may wish to consider forming a "PB Deans Council," where questions relating to the Academy and institution tenure and promotion issues surrounding digital scholarship may be discussed.


 

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Proposed/originated by:

Rick Peterson, for Hank Dobin

Washington & Lee University

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Why might this direction be appropriate for Project Bamboo?

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Enhance efforts with academic administrative support

Efforts to enhance digital scholarship in the humanities will be enhanced with the support of academic administration. (Rick Peterson)

A process for handling digital scholarly work in the tenure-and-promotion context has been identified as a need for university faculty and administrators.

The "Summit on Digital Tools for the Humanities," UVA, 2005, Final Report suggested that, "In order for the evolving use of digital tools in the humanities to be explored and to blossom fully, institutions need to make certain that scholars who pioneer digital methods are rewarded and encouraged. Universities should work together to design a clear method of evaluating and appraising collaborative creation of digital data resources and other digital works. Our faculties and administrators cannot have assurance that such computer-aided research is a legitimate part of the academic enterprise until there is a process for dealing with digital scholarly works." (Collaboration, p. 18)  [contributed by Steve Masover]


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1 Comment

  1. Unknown User (sbrier@gc.cuny.edu)

    I think the idea of a Deans Council on Tenure and Promotion focused on digital scholarship is timely and one of the important things that PB can accomplish early on in the next phases of our work. I assume most PBers are aware of the recent MLA report on the larger issue of tenure and promotion, which has a good (though far from complete) discussion of the role of digital scholarship in the English discipline. The link to the full report is at:

    http://www.mla.org/pdf/taskforcereport0608.pdf .

    While I applaud the MLA's efforts (they have taken the lead among humanities disciplines in this regard) I was disappointed that their focus remained on the "lone scholar in the archive model (albeit, in the digital case, armed with a computer)." In my own experience as a digital historian, most of my work has involved detailed and extended collaborations with other scholars, artists and computer programmers, which, I believe, will be an increasingly common model for digital scholarship in the future. Whatever we decide to do regarding t&p issues I think it is important to include discussions of collaborative scholarship and the always tricky issue/question of how collaboration can be evaluated in a t&p context.

    Steve Brier, V.P. for I.T.

    The Graduate Center, CUNY