Community Engagement and the Faculty Rewards System
Why does community engaged work matter?
Practitioners of community-based transformational learning create Promotion and Tenure (P & T) dossiers, and understanding this pedagogy and research is important because Banner course data shows that 39.7% of full time faculty taught a CBTL course in 2017-2018. Additionally, UNF does not require community engagement work, but just as members of the University committee must appreciate disciplinary differences, colleagues who evaluate the dossiers (i.e. committee members, Chairs, Deans, the University Committee and the Provost) must accept and assess the work of their compeers that may differ from their own.
The revision of the UNF Promotion and Tenure Guidelines in the 2018-21 Collective Bargaining Agreement, that is expected to be in place in the fall of 2018, necessitates that each academic unit considers how to evaluate community engaged work. Simultaneously, the Provost has asked each department that is in the process of creating Departmental Guidelines to incorporate community engagement into its unit-specific P&T guidelines in the areas of teaching and research, not service.
In the spring of 2018, 220 faculty completed a Promotion and Tenure survey focused specifically on Community Engaged Teaching and Community Engaged Scholarship. This survey was administered by the Center for Community-Based Learning with the approval of the UNF Faculty Associations' Faculty Affairs Committee. The findings of this survey support the need to offer more resources and training to both faculty submitting dossiers, as well as those faculty, chairs, and deans evaluating dossiers that may highlight community engaged teaching and research work.
Promotion and Tenure Survey - Executive Summary