Walking the Talk: Toward a Values-Aligned Academy

Walking the Talk: Toward a Values-Aligned Academy is the culmination of 18 months of research interviews across the Big Ten Academic Alliance (BTAA). Conducted by the HuMetricsHSS Initiative as an extension of their previous work on values-enacted scholarly practice, the interviews focused on current systems of evaluation within BTAA institutions, the potential problems and inequalities of those processes, the kinds of scholarly work that could be better recognized and rewarded, and the contexts and pressures evaluators are under, including, as the process progressed, the onset and ongoing conditions of COVID-19. The interviews focused primarily on the reappointment, promotion, and tenure (RPT) process. Interviewees outlined a number of issues to be addressed, including toxicity in evaluation, scholars’ increased alienation from the work they are passionate about, and a high-level virtue-signaling of values by institutions without the infrastructure or resources to support the enactment of those values. Based on these conversations, this white paper offers a set of recommendations for making wide-scale change to address systematic injustice, erasure, and devaluation of academic labor in order to strengthen the positive public impact of scholarship.


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DOI: https://doi.org/10.17613/06sf-ad45

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.17613/azg0-9085

References and Appendices:

DOI: https://doi.org/10.17613/96g4-5556

APPENDIX A: Research Interview Script
DOI: https://doi.org/10.17613/s981-cw90

APPENDIX B: Research Participant Information and Consent Form
DOI: https://doi.org/10.17613/m0yj-2g40

APPENDIX C: Faculty Reporting Systems
DOI: https://doi.org/10.17613/z918-1f97

APPENDIX D: Interview Demographics
DOI: https://doi.org/10.17613/wapf-bn53

APPENDIX E: Big Ten Academic Alliance Values
DOI: https://doi.org/10.17613/zwnt-z225

APPENDIX F: Charting Pathways of Intellectual Leadership
DOI: https://doi.org/10.17613/fwn0-h738

APPENDIX G: Faculty Annual Review Forms
DOI: https://doi.org/10.17613/w69a-3094

APPENDIX H: Appointment, Reappointment, Tenure, and Promotion Recommendations
DOI: https://doi.org/10.17613/tajj-yg52