Unpacking Faculty Engagement: The Types of Activities Faculty Members Report as Publicly Engaged Scholarship During Promotion and Tenure

Chris R. Glass, Diane M. Doberneck, John H. Schweitzer

Abstract


While a growing body of scholarship has focused on the personal,
professional, and organizational factors that influence
faculty members’ involvement in publicly engaged scholarship,
the nature and scope of faculty publicly engaged scholarship
itself has remained largely unexplored. What types of activities
are faculty members involved in as publicly engaged scholarship?
How does their involvement vary by demographic, type
of faculty appointment, or college grouping? To explore these
questions, researchers conducted a quantitative content analysis
of 173 promotion and tenure documents from a research-intensive,
land-grant, Carnegie Classified Community Engagement
university and found statistically significant differences for
the variables age, number of years at the institution, faculty
rank, Extension appointment, joint appointment, and college
grouping. Recommendations for future research are discussed
as well as implications for institutional leadership, faculty
development programming, and the structuring of academic
appointments.

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