Tenure and promotion committees still prioritize publications over community: study

October 10, 2018

A new study out of Simon Fraser Universityhas found that Canadian university guidelines on tenure and promotion continue to prioritize publication metrics over community engagement. “Universities talk in a grandiose way about fulfilling the public mission. But when we look at the documents, they aren’t necessarily walking the walk,” lead researcher Juan Pablo Alperin told Nature. “There’s a huge disconnect.” Alperin’s team looked at 864 documents from 129 universities that concerned hiring and promotion decisions. According to Inside Higher Ed, the researchers found “relatively few” references to keywords such as “community” and “public,” but almost all of the documents referenced quantified research outputs such as journal articles or books at least once. Inside Higher Ed| Nature