Concerns, and Consensus
Lilienfeld, Associate Professor of Psychology, Guest Editor
could gauge the health of a university community by how well it
handles the unconventional individuals. Its an unhealthy university
that cant tolerate or deal with those sorts of folks.
John Snarey, Professor of Human Development and Ethics, President
of the Faculty Council
tenure process doesnt have to manage you; you can manage it.
Sandy Jap, Associate Professor of Marketing
in the Medical School
What is it, and
what does it mean?
By Robert Pollack
(To the tune of Señor by Bob Dylan)
Review and the Public
The thorny question of post-tenure review
Mark Bauerlein, Professor of English
Tenure and Research at Emory
A view from the inside
Claire E. Sterk, Charles Howard Candler Professor of Public Health
Conceptions and misconceptions at Emory
Robert McCauley, Professor of Philosophy
a Criterion for Tenure?
Why its not all politics
Ann Hartle, Professor of Philosophy
Sandy Jap came to the Goizueta
Business School from MIT in 2001. She earned tenure the following
Scott Lilienfeld What was the tenure process like
Sandy Jap In the business school, faculty are considered
for tenure during their sixth year. The faculty member submits six
or eight names of people he or she would like to write letters,
the department does the same thing, then the letters get farmed
out in September. They come back hopefully by November, and then
the final package goes to the committee around the beginning of
December, and then from there it goes on to the president.
There was a little bit of anxiety for me in the sense that the business
school here is in some transition. Since Tom Robertson became our
dean in 1998, he has really
tried to change the reputation of the business school from a teaching
school to a research school. And the school has changed its orientation
not away from teaching, but toward raising the bar on research.
I had only been here a year when I went up, so I wondered whether
I had met enough people so that they wouldnt say, Who is Sandy
Jap? at the tenure committee meeting. The first year I made an effort
to meet a lot of people in each of the areas of the school and let
them know who I was and what I did.
There was also a bit of uncertainty
because most of my papers were single-authored, which is sort of
unusual. When one does single-authored work, one doesnt have
as many papers as those who co-author their work. It is also not
clear how people count a single-authored paper. Is it
the equivalent of one, one and a half, or two co-authored papers?
SL What if you publish in second- and third-tier journals?
SJ I think in the past they were weighed pretty heavily.
But now the business school is asking for more first-tier publications.
SL Did you have to write a research or a teaching
SJ I was asked to write a professional identity statement.
I had developed one while at MIT and adjusted it for Emory. The
only thing that was somewhat new
to me here was the teaching statement.
SL What kind of feedback did you get while coming up?
SJ My feedback was mostly received at mit, where we had a
two-year review, then a four-year and a six-year review. Then wed
be considered for tenure during the seventh year. At Emory, one
doesnt get reviewed until the fourth year. We do annual reports,
but theyre mostly used to determine salary increases. In the
fourth year, one has to prepare a package and show them some papers.
The question then is, does this person look like he or is she going
to be able to pass a promotion and tenure committee in another two
years from now?
SL How has tenure changed your life as an academic?
SJ Suddenly Im asked to be on more committees than
ever, and its not as easy any more to say no because I have
to focus on my research.
SL Its the opposite where I am in the college.
Before tenure, they put you on tons of committees and it hurts you
if you beg off.
SJ Its a delicate balance because you want to maximize
your value to the university, but your value is partly idiosyncratic
to the institution and partly determined by your external publications.
Which is weighed more heavily is an important part of understanding
the game. In other words, the tenure process doesnt have to
manage you; you can manage it. You can make yourself known to people
and understand the value of committee work.
SL How do you feel you were able to manage the tenure
process and make it work for you?
SJ Aside from having the necessary publications, corridor
conversations are one part of the process. Talking to people
who understand the process, the landmines, the personalities is
important. Knowing who people on the committee are and what they
ask for and value is another part of it. Without these aspects,
things would have been a lot more vague.