Academic journal article Journal of Film and Video

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Academic journal article Journal of Film and Video

Introduction

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This Monograph offers an updated and expanded version of the 1993 UFVA Monograph entitled Guide for Nontenured Faculty Members: Annual Evaluation Promotion, and Tenure, also authored by Peter Bukalski with help from several collaborators. The popularity of the earlier edition suggested that it filled an important need in the academic community. Many faculty new to the field benefited from its advice. Experienced, tenured faculty reported finding it useful as well. In this new edition, Professor Bukalski offers a number of new sections, including material of special interest to women and minority faculty, as well as expanded attention to the concerns of tenured faculty.

In the first section, "The Variety of Colleges and Universities in the United States," Bukalski stresses the fundamental need for faculty to understand the unique situation they face at their own institutions. He includes a new section on admission standards and their relationship to the teaching environment. He also considers the impact of changes in higher education in the 1990s which continue to affect the review process, such as changes in student attitudes and behavior. There is also a new section on decision-making in a multi-disciplinary environment, where film/video/new media faculty may find themselves being reviewed by colleagues from different disciplines.

The section on teaching offers an expanded treatment of teaching portfolios and some new thoughts on evidence of teaching excellence.

The third section, "Research/Creative Activity," discusses and applies the broadened concepts of scholarship introduced by Ernest Boyer in his influential book, Scholarship Reconsidered: Priorities of the Professorate (1990). Boyer proposed a useful taxonomy of scholarship, which is being adopted to varying extents at different institutions, and Bukalski considers the taxonomy in relation to film/video/new media faculty. Also important are new avenues for peer review, especially for creative work. Bukalski mentions the UFVA Awards of Merit and the annual CD-ROM issue of the Journal of Film and Video as two measures of quality in film/video/new media production.

One factor often present in the review process but less often articulated in institutional policy is that of collegiality. Whether stated or not as a criterion, collegiality should not be overlooked as an element in faculty advancement, and Bukalski offers some new thoughts on this important topic. …

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