Rethinking humane indicators of excellence in the humanities and social sciences

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HuMetricsHSS Workshop: Valuing the Syllabus as Scholarship

March 1 - March 2

A goal of the HuMetricsHSS research project is to understand and promote a more holistic and accurate means of evaluating scholarly work in the humanities and social sciences, including the work of doing research, teaching, and mentoring.

HuMetricsHSS is creating use cases for applying values-based evaluation metrics across scholarly practices, including research (citations), teaching (syllabus development), and service (mentorship). Our March 2018 workshop will focus on examining the syllabus, exploring its value from two angles: as a scholarly work in and of itself (e.g. What can the selection of texts and assignments tell us about the state of a discipline?), and as an indicator of the impact of other scholarly works (e.g., If a work is included in a syllabus, what does that mean for the author of the work?). With scholars drawn from institutions in the Big 10 and Great Lakes College Association, we will discuss these and other questions related to scholarly ‘impact’ — in all its forms, both in the classroom and beyond — in hopes of developing a coherent, holistic set of recommendations for better evaluating teaching in promotion and tenure.


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Michigan State University
220 Trowbridge Rd.
East Lansing, MI 48824 United States
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