A major part of our work involves holding one-day workshops at various institutions across the United States (with our original plans to expand to international work currently put on hold due to COVID-19), bringing together stakeholders from academia writ-large.
By reshaping norms of practice and measurement at various levels within an institution, we can reshape the culture of higher education to be more humane, supportive, and just.
Our workshops are designed to step participants through a process to reflect on their core values as scholars, administrators, and academic staff, and to identify tools and indicators to transform their daily work and reward the ways in which their daily work is already transformative. By reshaping norms of practice and measurement at various levels within an institution, we can reshape the culture of higher education to be more humane, supportive, and just.
What distinguishes the HuMetricsHSS initiative from other approaches to research evaluation is our focus on process:
- You begin by identifying your core values as a scholar;
- You acknowledge the full range of your scholarly practices;
- You reflect on how your values are or could be embodied in your work;
- You take what you have learned and use it to transform your practice where necessary, and you document your successes and failures.
The goal of the process is to empower you to tell a more textured story of the full range of your scholarship, so that your living up to your values is recognized and (hopefully) rewarded. To this end, faculty and staff are not the only audience our workshops include — we also go through this process with administrators, including those involved in promotion and tenure, intervening on multiple levels so that these stories are not only told but also listened to.
To date, we have held the following workshops:
- The Value of Values, Michigan State University, October 5–7, 2017
- Valuing the Syllabus as Scholarship, Michigan State University, March 1–2, 2018
- Valuing and Evaluating Annotation, Michigan State University, November 29–30, 2018
- Values-Based Evaluation, Duke University, January 16–17, 2020
- Values-Based Evaluation, University of Iowa, February 21, 2020
- Values-Based Evaluation, University of Michigan, May 22, 2020 [held virtual]
For presentations that members of our team have given at other conferences, see our Presentations page.
Since the onset of COVID-19, we are of course unable to hold these workshops in person. We are still holding them virtually, however, facilitated by members of our team, and we've also put together a Workshop Guide that you can use to walk your own department, cohort, or institution through our process. If you have any questions about the Guide or about our work in general, please don't hesitate to contact us.