מכל מלמדײ השכלתי (duchifat) wrote,
מכל מלמדײ השכלתי

What Full Professor is full of?

Наш Джон (полный профессор, наукой почти не занимающийся, но увлекающийся административной работой - он хочет быть любым вице-канцлером или секретарем университета) решил создать и возглавить комиссию из Ассоц Профов, заинтересованных в полном профессорстве. Очень странный ход. Не Ассоцы должны определять, что такое полное профессорство. Ясно, что там желающих порулить дофига, а Джон во главе.

Вот документ, который он разослал:

Fall 2019
The UWM Faculty Mentoring Program conducted an on-line survey of UWM Associate Professors in the Fall 2019 semester. The purpose of the survey was to gather information from Associate Professors on their impressions of the processes that are used at UWM for promotion to full professor. Invitations were sent to 353 associate professors at UWM in all schools and colleges, (except the College of General Studies). Surveys were completed by 203 of the faculty members (57.5%). All four main campus divisions (arts and humanities, professions, social sciences, and natural sciences), were well-represented in the survey responses.

Key Findings:
Unclear criteria and inadequate mentoring: Although half of respondents intend to seek promotion to full, 53% believe that the criteria for promotion are unclear, and even more alarming, 77% reported that they were not receiving adequate guidance or mentoring from faculty in their departments.
Terminal Associates: About half of respondents have been at rank for ten years or more (10% have been at rank for more than 15 years). One-third of respondents have given up on becoming a full professor and 20% aren’t sure.
Lack of feedback: 58% of respondents said that their ECs have not given them feedback
on their progress towards promotion to full. Only 5.5% said that they received this
feedback annually, and only 17% have received feedback through Post-Tenure Review.
 In the qualitative responses, several key themes emerged as barriers to promotion:
o Heavy service obligations have diminished research time and have not been
taken into serious consideration as a qualification for promotion to full professor.
o Lack of access to S&E funds for travel to conferences and for starting research
programs has inhibited research productivity.
o Unclear criteria for promotion to full: faculty are held to a higher bar than at peer institutions, and the process (necessary paperwork, involvement of the divisional committees, etc.) appears to be more of a re-tenuring process than a promotion process.
o Some department cultures negatively impact promotion to full and some full professors are perceived and not wanting to increase their numbers.
o The pay boost for full professor is seen by some as not being enough of an incentive to go through the hassle of the process.

Я ему написал (в комитет проситься не стал, думаю, там и так много желающих):


One more thing (in addition to the insufficient pay bust). I asked several Full professors (in UWM and other places) how they understand the difference between the Assoc Prof and Full Prof rank in terms of the influence upon their profession and the participation in shared governance. Or, in other words, what is the “meaning” of the Full Prof status? The UWM P&P does not say much about this, and it looks like Assoc Profs can participate in allmost same committees as Full Profs (obviously except for the Promotion to Full procedures). I could not find any definitions neither in AAUP documents, nor in the Chronicle of Higher Education articles on the topic of full professorship. Serving outside the UWM, tenured Assoc Profs can participate in same editorial boards of journals, conference committees, panels, etc. Therefore, it looks like there no difference between the Assoc Profs and Full Profs in terms of the influence upon their scientific area or upon the development of their university. Then why one would want to seek the promotion?

The answers were unclear and contradictory. One prominent scholar (not from the UWM and not from the USA) told me that Full Prof is like a “senator” – when a Chancellor needs to consult about a strategic vision of development of a university, he/she will ask full Profs. However, in the UWM, Assoc Profs can serve on the Faculty Senate, so it looks like this concept (“a senator”) does not apply. Another Prof., from my department, told me that the only difference is that a Full Prof can be a vice-chancellor or a Dean, although there are exceptions (like Dev and Ron). Others could not answer at all.

So, this (the meaning of the Full Prof status and why a scholar may want to pursue it) may be something to formulate in the appropriate documents.



Он ответил:


Thanks for the input. We already were discussing the need for some sort of consideration of what being a full professor means (other than the pay bump), so that will be brought to the working group for them to consider. (What it means seems to differ from department to department, and it appears to be part of what is causing the bottle-neck in the process.)


PS. Я, конечно, как всегда не могу написать без ошибки; написал bust вместо boost, поэтому он в ответ вставил bump. Типа, скрытый мне намек: "ты чурка, по-английски писать без ошибок не умеешь", наверно. Но я все же пишу документы и статьи гораздо лучше нашего зава-китайца.

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