An Ohio college’s revamped criteria for evaluating tenure and promotion candidates, set to take effect on July 1, focuses on “diversity” and “inclusion.”
In addition to more traditional criteria such as “scholarly competence and familiarity with current developments in one's field” and “timely, meticulous, and fair review and evaluation of student work,” the college’s revised tenure and promotion guidelines now include the stipulation that professors must demonstrate that they promote an "inclusive classroom environment" that “values diversity" and takes a “broad variety of backgrounds" into consideration when teaching, according to Education Dive.
This means that Kenyon professors who are up for tenure will now have to demonstrate not only their competence at instructing but also their efforts to promote both “diversity” and “inclusion” in the classroom.
Additionally, whereas professors’ engagement with the college community has traditionally been evaluated based on items such as meeting attendance and writing letters of recommendation, they will now also be judged based on their contribution to “programs that strengthen inclusivity, diversity or access to liberal education.”
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Not only have these new stipulations been added, but all the criteria have been edited with the same sentiments in mind.
“Woven into each of these criteria is a commitment to fostering an open, respectful, supportive, accessible, and inclusive community of learners,” the guidelines explain.
“Kenyon is known for its excellent teaching and advising, and its faculty ha[s] long done valuable work in cultivating an inclusive learning environment that challenges students to expand their worldviews and engage with different perspectives,” Kenyon spokeswoman Mary Kiester told Campus Reform. “The September 2018 vote to update the criteria for evaluation recognizes the efforts that Kenyon faculty put forth in their teaching and advising and in fostering an inclusive community. The crit
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