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Internationalizing the Tenure Code: Policies to Promote a Globally Focused Faculty

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Internationalizing the Tenure Code: Policies to Promote a Globally Focused Faculty

December 30, 1899

​How can tenure and promotion policies support and reward faculty engagement in internationalization?

As the primary drivers of teaching and research on campus, faculty play a pivotal role in advancing institutional internationalization.  Yet ACE’s 2011 Mapping Internationalization on U.S. Campuses survey found that only 8% of institutions include internationally-focused criteria in their tenure and promotion policies. 

In this study, ACE’s Center for Internationalization and Global Engagement analyzed 91 tenure policies that do include such criteria.  Key findings highlighted in the report include:

  • The most common internationally-focused criteria relate to research and service.  Teaching-related international criteria are relatively uncommon.
  • Many tenure policies specify that faculty are expected to attain an “national or international” reputation in their fields, though indicators of such a reputation are not often delineated.
  • Key factors for successful implementation of internationalized tenure policies include institutional readiness, outreach and stakeholder engagement, and alignment of criteria and institutional internationalization goals.

The report includes examples of specific internationally-focused criteria, institutional case studies, and expert advice.

 

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