Dan Hoyt is a Professor of Sociology. His academic administrative experiences include being the Chair of the Department of Sociology for seven years and the Associate Dean for Faculty in the College of Arts and Sciences for three years at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. After a five year term as the Director of the Social and Behavioral Sciences Consortium, he is currently serving as the Interim Chair for the Department of Classics and Religious Studies.
Why this blog?
After 40 years on the faculty at two public research universities, including 7 years as a department chair, and 3 years in college administration, I have observed many of the challenges associated with faculty evaluation including decisions regarding reappointment, promotion and tenure. These prior administrative positions included responsibility for providing orientations and workshops for pre-tenure faculty, workshops on paths to promotion for mid-career Associate Professors, and advising department chairs on establishing clear expectations and mentoring for pre-tenure and not fully promoted faculty. Over the course of this time I have become more informed about, and engaged in similar questions regarding the evaluation and support for faculty who are not in tenure line positions.
In my research administrative role, I have the opportunity to interact with and assist in mentoring early career faculty on developing research plans and proposals for funding. I find myself giving much of the same advice, just with more an emphasis upon how to prioritize and protect research and writing time.
Over time, I have come across a variety of recommendations and resources that I will compile here. I borrow heavily from, and give credit to, colleagues who have contributed to my understanding of optimal approaches to building strong foundations of scholarship negotiating the promotion and tenure years.