Tenure policies not keeping up with the digital revolution

Interesting article in the Chronicle for Higher Education that I was pointed to by Mackenzie Smith:

Digital Humanists: If You Want Tenure, Do Double the Work | Vitae.

The article is by Sydni Dunn – a Staff Reporter at CUE and it discusses a topic of direct relevance the upcoming conference we are hosting here: Publish or perish? The future of academic publishing and careers February 13 – 14, 2013 UC Davis.  The article focuses on some discussions that came up in association with the annual meeting of the MLA – the Modern Language Association.  The discussion was about how to assess scholars in the humanities – especially those who are heavy on the digital side of scholarship.  And the discussion is both scary (to me at least) and fascinating as scholars struggle with how to get their institutions to accept digital scholarship and assess it.

It is definitely worth a read and I note we will have extensive discussions of this general topic at our meeting …



Author: Jonathan Eisen

I am an evolutionary biologist and a Professor at U. C. Davis. (see my lab site here). My research focuses on the origin of novelty (how new processes and functions originate). To study this I focus on sequencing and analyzing genomes of organisms, especially microbes and using phylogenomic analysis

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