Higher education’s reinvention means faculty, too

Incentivizing faculty promotion and tenure policies could help institutions meet internationalization goals.

report-internationalization-facultyInternationally-focused teaching activities are currently the least commonly found criteria in tenure and promotion codes, even though diversifying student learning is a top priority for institutions.

That’s just one finding from a new report by the American Council on Education’s (ACE) Center for Internationalization and Global Engagement (CIGE) on how faculty internationalization efforts are impacted by tenure and promotion policies.

Internationalization–the process of integrating an international, intercultural, or global dimension into the purpose, functions or delivery of postsecondary education–has become an increasingly important priority for many colleges and universities looking to expand and grow their institutions. Naturally, faculty members play a key part in internationalization efforts, which is why it makes sense to incentivize their participation, emphasized the report.

However, only 8 percent of institutions indicated that they had guidelines in place to specify international work or experience as a consideration for promotion and tenure decisions in a 2011 ACE survey.

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