OSU-Led Team Pushes for Change in Tenure Requirements

A group of researchers, led by Rich G. Carter or OSU’s College of Science, recently published an article in Science magazine which draws on research done by the scientists themselves as well as work done by the Promotion and Tenure, Innovation and Enterprise Coalition. This work dives into the ways people get tenure and asks whether or not the current requirements are equitable.   

The PTIE Coalition and OSU’s team are pushing for a redefinition of tenure requirements. At the moment, tenure is based on grant proposals and research published in academic journals. PTIE and the OSU-led coalition want to include innovation and entrepreneurial achievement as well. They write in the Science article that “expanding what we value as scholarship can also help augment who we value as scholars and thus support a more innovative and diverse professoriate.”  

This means more than just tech start-ups and the like. These academics want to broaden the range of people who can get tenure and the job security that comes with it. This broader definition will include achievements in liberal arts as well. Technology created in universities across the US helps drive the economy. A study done in 2019 by the Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges found that over the past 20 years, $591 million of our gross domestic product is tied to this exchange. In essence this means that fostering innovation as a track to tenure is key. 

By Jalen Todd