Perceptions of Post-tenure Review: A Case Study

Perceptions of Post-tenure Review: A Case Study

Author: 
Karen L. Greene
Program of study: 
Ph.D./HEA
Abstract: 
The problem is that tenured faculty and administrators need discovery and understanding about post-tenure review in order to guide them in making decisions related to its adoption, use, and improvement in their institutions. The purpose of this study is to determine the origins of post-tenure review and its support for faculty development and member accountability. In this case study at one Carnegie Classification of Masters Level institution, 14 tenured faculty members and administrators shared their perceptions about post-tenure review. Methods of data collection included semi-structured interviews, document reviews, and field notes. Data analysis revealed seven thematic categories representing participants’ perceptions of post-tenure review. These thematic categories provide the findings for the research questions. Commonalities and inconsistencies of this study to earlier studies provided important information to the institution and the academy. Study findings revealed that the implementation of post-tenure review was a direct result of external mandates, as most of the study participants had assumed. Also consistent with the literature, findings further showed that post-tenure review supported the continuous growth of faculty through professional development. The majority of participants felt post-tenure review played a role in his or her development as a faculty member. Participants also were in agreement that post-tenure review addressed a range of accountability measures. However, inefficiencies, and lack of clarity and defined parameters surrounding post-tenure review suggest a growing need for colleges and universities to foster a climate for faculty and administrator collaboration that builds and supports a mutual understanding of post-tenure review.
Dedication: 
JoAnn Greene My mom and friend March 26, 1936 – June 13, 2013
Acknowledgements: 
I would like to acknowledge and extend my sincere gratitude to my dissertation chair, Dr. Bill Furtwengler, for his continued guidance and support. Your expertise, feedback, words of wisdom, and dedication supported me throughout this doctoral journey. Your advice and willingness to work alongside me went well beyond the scope of a mentor. Your feedback continually encouraged me to develop my critical thinking and to reach a higher level of learning and reflection; all while inspiring me to succeed. I am forever grateful. I also acknowledge my committee members Dr. Lauryl Lefebvre and Dr. Christina Anastasia for sticking with me from the beginning. Your dedication, knowledge, feedback, and expertise were vital to the success of this dissertation. I also acknowledge my family, friends, and colleagues for your continued support. Your words of encouragement always seemed to come at the right time. Thank you. I also would like to acknowledge my expert panel of researcher for stepping up and providing me guidance as I developed into a researcher. Thank you to Dr. Mark Anderson, University of Phoenix; Mr. Jack Connell, president, ConnellONE; Dr. Denise Davis, Case Western Reserve University; Dr. Fern Entrekin, University of Phoenix; Dr. Tom Mosby, University of Phoenix; Dr. Susan Olson, University of Akron; and Dr. John Zipp, University of Akron.