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Scholarship, Research Impact, and Promotion or Tenure: Promotion and Tenure

Guidelines for Administrators and Committees

  • Delineate and Communicate Responsibilities
  • Engage Qualified Reviewers
  • Respect Medium Specificity When Reviewing Work
  • Stay Informed about Accessibility Issues


The Modern Language Association adopted the above guidelines. Other organizations have since adapted these guidelines for their own use. For more information see


Another resource is the Short Guide to Evaluation of Digital Work.


Guidelines for Canditates and Faculty Members

  • Ask about Evaluation and Support
  • Negotiate and Document Your Role
  • Document and Explain Your Work


In Explaining Digital Humanities in Promotion Documents, Katherine Harris explains how she documented her work.


Altmetrics for Researchers gives examples of using altmetrics in your promotion and tenure documents. Scroll down to Using altmetrics in your own promotion & tenure dossier.


Promotion and Tenure Statements

Day, M., Delagrange, S. H., Palmquist, M., Pemberton, M. A., & Walker, J. R. (2013). What we really value: Redefining scholarly engagement in tenure and promotion protocols. College Composition and Communication, 65(1), 185-208. p.191


Odell, J., Coates, H., & Palmer, K. (2016). Rewarding open access scholarship in promotion and tenure: Driving institutional change. College & Research Libraries News, 77(7), 322–325.


Ohio State University "Sample Appointments, Promotion and Tenure Criteria & Procedures" p.28, lines 16-21


Valdosta State University. Master of Library and Information Science Program - p.9


Suggested Readings

Mandell, L. (2012). Promotion and Tenure for Digital Scholarship. Journal Of Digital Humanities, 1(4). 


Rockwell, G. (2011). On the Evaluation of Digital Media as Scholarship. Profession, 152-168. doi:10.1632/prof.2011.2011.1.152.