Unlike most of its peer institutions, Johns Hopkins University does not have a university-wide promotion and review committee tenure records. Instead, members of the faculty in cases deliberate decentralized institution famous in school or multischool level and then pass its recommendations on the president

That's about to change :. From the autumn, a group of high-level teachers across campus at Johns Hopkins also intervening in custody cases adjudicated by the other committees of the faculty. This new level of supervision, called the Advisory Committee or TAC tenure, was designed to help the president to a better understanding of each record and to align policy Johns Hopkins with other "Ivy plus" institutions.

The unification of the institution - Familiarize teachers in medical school mass with, for example, the comings and goings in the Krieger School of Arts and Sciences - was another target. In fact, longtime Ronald J. Daniels President has indeed become "One University" a cornerstone of his "twenty ten" presidential vision, a list of objectives to work towards 2020. < p> But instead of unifying the university, the new division process has shown so far. Many faculty members say the change will weaken the shared government, not strengthen it.

"I do not see how this does nothing to interrupt models shared governance already in place," said Derek Schilling, French teacher and member of the executive committee of the chapter of Johns Hopkins American Association of university Professors. "I think something like this committee can make sense if its main function is monitoring procedure - which is a significant function. But the way in which the report of the committee FACT defines the TAC, in fact, opens avenues for review of the facts of each file. "

On the report of the committee FACT, Schilling meant the final report of the Committee advisor Daniels College of tenure. Published in December and approved by the governing board of the university in January, the report recommends the establishment of a committee "chaired by the rector and composed of senior faculty across the university."

This committee will advise the president "of all recommendations to grant tenure or its equivalent" emanating from the bodies of tenure review at the school level. "The president then consider the evaluation of the TAC to decide whether or not to raise tenure recommendations to the Board of Directors or to obtain evidence or assessments that lead in that additional recommendation."

Seven appointed deans and professors, including one of Krieger, drafted the report, after a charge from April Daniels. A Sommer, dean emeritus and professor of epidemiology at the Bloomberg School of Public Health and professor of ophthalmology at the Medical School, led the process. With a tenure committee of the whole university, said recently, "people have a better understanding of how things work in disciplines outside their own divisions and schools. And the president would advice provided people through college how they feel about the suitability of each recommendation. "

The report refers to this as a" virtuous circle in which the lessons learned at each stage of tenure review organically inform best practices for tenure whole institution. "

Sommer said his group talked to teachers and administrators about 15 institutions outside and found the Johns Hopkins was el'atípico'en not have a university tenure committee. Overall, he said, foreign sources said that these committees on their campuses were "useful" to get prospects varied tenure cases and exposing teachers to the work being done in other units.

"We unanimously chosen to recommend a committee of this kind," Sommer said, and to reserve slots at the head table who have previously served on committees tenure lower level.

François Furstenberg, a history teacher, sits at the Homewood Academic Council, which reviews cases of possession in the arts and sciences and Whiting School of Engineering. Furstenberg said it was regrettable that the committee Sommer seemed out of institutions for guidance, but not to the council itself to gain the views of the members on how current processes are working.

Furstenberg explained that the university president has always had a seat on the board and former presidents sat in the tenure deliberations. If Daniels, who sits in on this process, feel you are making decisions tenure in the dark, then he is welcome to join the council, said Furstenberg.

"Paradoxically, and I must say, falsely," Daniels have more power in cases of possession of what he does now, since the new council is purely advisory to it. Moreover, Furstenberg said, Daniels has more power than the presidents of most peer institutions, as their processes tend to strengthen the provost, if any administrator, not the president.

In fact, it is highly unusual presidents to get involved in custody cases. Furstenberg said Daniels has overturned a case of possession, "just before starting this process."

"I think this committee is not limited to make it easier for him to weigh," said Furstenberg. "It empowers you with the ability to override any case, desires based on his own reading of the file and in the absence of any discussion with teachers."

Sarah Woodson, Professor Jenkins TC of Biophysics at Krieger and a former member of the board of Homewood, said his main concern is that the new shifts committee "responsible for the quality of scholarship further from the ability to carry out the scholarship. "

While serving a committee tenure whole university could open one eye to the work done elsewhere at Johns Hopkins, but also makes the job harder to judge. There is a big difference between the driven research grant Krieger, for example, and much of the work driven by the mission carried out in the Bloomberg School of Public Health. Woodson, Schilling and others have expressed concern internally that this distance will make the whole university committee to digest easy metric privilege dating and called impact on Innovation and research potential.

Other professors and young scholars in particular have shared additional concerns, such as how the new process will have an impact simultaneous push Johns Hopkins for a more diverse faculty.

University refers comment on the process Sommer.

to highlight the recommendation in the report of its committee, Sommer said the process will be tested essentially for three years and then rigorously evaluated.


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