The tenure of the oppressed: Ambivalent reflections from a critical optimist

Rebecca Rickly

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This article presents an individual reflection on the optimism and ambivalence associated with self-assessment and tenure and promotion assessment, particularly in the realm of work with technology. Because work with technology has traditionally been undervalued in English departments, most work done with technology does not easily fit within institutional guidelines for promotion and tenure. Junior faculty may be setting themselves up for failure by identifying more with the values of the computers and writing community than those of their home institutions. Not all work with technology should be valued; much of what we do is for personal and professional growth. Not unless the work we do impacts pedagogy, service, or publication should we consider seeking value for it within the institution. Various guidelines for valuing nontraditional work are cited, and standards for assessing work are supplied.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)19-30
Number of pages12
JournalComputers and Composition
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2000


  • Assessment
  • Assistant professor
  • Evaluation
  • Guidelines
  • Junior faculty
  • Promotion
  • Reflection
  • Standards
  • Tenure


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