The second major change to the Carnegie application relates to staff. The shift is so significant, we’ve updated the Carnegie Roadmap stakeholder category from “Faculty” to “Faculty & Staff.”
Until now, questions about faculty and executive leadership have dominated the application with no explicit opportunities to speak to the important contributions of staff. And questions about faculty have turned a blind-eye to the majority of faculty at an increasing number of institutions: those not on the tenure-track.
Not only does the 2020 application include staff-specific questions that parallel some of the faculty-specific questions, many of the faculty-specific questions have been broken down to include an array of faculty-types, including part-time and full-time non-tenure-track.
Great news, as it will allow us to paint more complete pictures of the community engagement work on our campuses than any application has previously afforded.
BEFORE WE GO TOO CRAZY
However, that doesn’t mean the information that campuses provide about staff and non-tenure-track faculty community engagement will necessarily be weighted equally with that of “traditional” faculty.
Since its inception, the implicit theory of change behind the application has been characterized by a belief that, in order to be meaningful and worthwhile, the institutionalization of community engagement must be faculty led, and that only tenured, promoted faculty lead. In this theory, staff can administer CE non-tenure-track faculty can implement it, but the culture is shaped by and the leadership consists of high ranking faculty, so that’s the best place to focus.
Whether or not one agrees with this theory of CE institutionalization, there is no evidence that this Carnegie’s adherence to it has changed. Only that you will now have room to offer additional insights. So, for planning purposes, assume that your responses to tenured and tenure-track faculty questions must be just as strong as ever.