MLA’s evaluation of digital work wiki

The Modern Language Association’s Evaluation Wiki

“This wiki is an ongoing project initiated by the MLA Committee on Information Technology (CIT) as a way for the academic community to develop, gather, and share materials about the evaluation of work in digital media for purposes of tenure and promotion. These materials were initially conceived, written, and hosted by Geoffrey Rockwell when he was a member of the CIT (2005-08). The wiki is now maintained as a collaborative project of the MLA and other interested parties, such as HASTAC (Humanities, Arts, Science and Technology Advanced Collaboratory). “

Anthropology’s view on the tenure debate

Webinar on Promotion & Tenure and Publications

American Anthropological Association.  October 2011.

” A fascinating conversation between three anthropologists, each with extensive knowledge on the promotion and tenure process. They discuss the role of digital publications, the rapidly changing publishing landscape around us, and how these forces intersect.”

Follow the links at the bottom of the page to view the slides that accompany the webinar in PDF format, or to listen to the archived webinar.

Has tenure been outsourced?

Tenure in a Digital Era

Inside Higher Ed.  May 2009.

“Even as the use of electronic media has become common across fields for research and teaching, what is taken for granted among young scholars is still foreign to many of those who sit on tenure and promotion committees. In an effort to confront this problem, the MLA and a consortium called the Humanities, Arts, Science and Technology Advanced Collaboratory have decided to find new ways to help departments evaluate the kinds of digital scholarship being produced today. The MLA ran a program for department chairs at last year’s annual meeting in which chairs were given digital scholarship to evaluate, and that will take place again this year.”


Has scholarly publishing lost its way? Are too many books being published?

To Publish and Perish: Who Are the Dinosaurs in Scholarly Publishing?

Fredrika J. Teute, Journal of Scholarly Publishing, January 2001.

“The author argues that what was originally conceived as an activity for the advancement of scholarship has become corrupted by considerations of tenure and by marketing concerns.  She offers some radical solutions to these problems, including revising tenure requirements and seriously considering electronic means of communication.  Ultimately, the author argues that a reassessment of the role of publishing in the scholarly enterprise is long overdue.”

Case studies on digital scholarship and tenure

Digital Scholarship in the Tenure, Promotion, and Review Process

Deborah Lines Anderson, ed., M.E. Sharpe, 2004.  (available through HELIN)

“Andersen (information science and policy, State U. of New York at Albany) presents 13 papers that look at various aspects of the evaluation of digital media activities. The development of digital policies and procedures at academic institutions are explored in a series of case studies. The topic is mostly limited to projects in the social sciences and the humanities.”