Reappointment, Promotion, and Tenure Study, 2001-2006

Faculty reports of outreach and engagement on promotion and tenure forms

In 2001, MSU's Office of University Outreach and Engagement significantly revised the University's reappointment, promotion, and tenure review form to embed opportunities to report outreach and engagement throughout the form. The revisions reflected MSU's definition of outreach and engagement as a form of scholarship that cuts across institutional missions of teaching, research and creative activities, and service; emphasized the use of multiple forms of evidence to document quality; and encouraged reporting of integrated scholarship.

Six years later, NSCUE researchers examined how and to what extent outreach and engagement were reported on the revised form. Document analysis of 244 RPT forms focused on MSU faculty who successfully underwent reappointment, promotion, and tenure review between 2001 and 2006. Data from the faculty section of the RPT forms were analyzed by demographic variables (i.e., gender, ethnicity, age); appointment variables (i.e., appointment allocations among research, teaching, and service; recommended rank; annual or academic year appointments; joint appointments; MSU Extension; primary college), and outreach and engagement variables (i.e., type, integration, intensity, degree).

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Based on this study, NCSUE researchers developed three institutional level reports:

NCSUE researchers also developed reports about 12 MSU colleges: