Open Access Tenure: Brain Fragments

It’s November. I’m not really sure how it’s November. I don’t remember signing for October to leave the year so I assume it’s wandering the halls without a hall pass.

I’ve so much to tell you all but mostly I wanted to make sure I got back to blogging. Part of the reason for writing about the tenure process is to have a document for myself. I want to be able to get to my third year review and have something to look back on that helps me see my own evolution in the past few years.

Interestingly, I was told recently that it’s not supposed to be common knowledge who is going up for review.  To a large degree, this goes against the collaborative process of the promotion and tenure committee meetings that I sit in and conversations I have with my non-tenured peers. The reasoning I was given was that if someone didn’t pass their review, I shouldn’t be able to guess that it was the reason of their leaving, which they would have to do within the next 12-18 ish months (depending on when reviews happen).

While I can appreciate wanting to keep things private for the individual, I can’t see any particular state secrets in the tenure year being known and, since we’re state employees and our letters of appointment are probably public knowledge somewhere and include our tenure year, it’s at best a not well kept one.  I doubt I’m alone as a non-tenured person wondering who else is going up for review, what the process is like for them, if there’s any support I can offer. My department colleagues have shared with me their insights and I have a slightly better sense of the paperwork facing me in the fall.  I don’t think until I actually have to tackle it that it will all become truly muddy and confusing.

Of course, I’ve blogged about it so for me the process was and continues to be much more transparent. You’ll get to suffer through the 3rd year review paperwork with me next fall.

I signed up for ORCID. Their servers have come through the initial sign up, so it’s a little easier now.  This is a unique researcher identifier that can move across your grants, papers, etc. The idea being that there must be an easier way for me to distinguish between the Smith A-Zs of the world. A better explanation is available from them.  A note, the top flyout sub-menus keep changing when you try to go to other screens. Most annoying.

For now, I have to finish a draft of a ACRL Poster Proposal that I’m working on with a colleague. She’s been so good to stay on my case about this to try and keep us both motivated.  It’s due on Friday.

And I promise I’ll try to get better writing on my tablet so I can work on blog posts on my way to and from work. Right now I’ve mostly been using it for reading things offline inbetween my wireless locations, but I have a couple of writing applications and just bought a new screen keyboard that is supposed to be less annoying than the one that came with the Nexus.