Ourso Family Distinguished Professor of Information Systems,
Louisiana State University
November 18, 2011
Speakman Hall 200, 1000am – 1130am
Seminar Title : Assessing Scholarly Influence: Rationale, Rankings, Rating, Reputation, Recognition
Increasingly universities are being asked to be accountable for the evaluation of its faculty members. No longer are promotion and tenure decisions being done using highly subjective criteria. Indeed, universities (and accrediting agencies) are being asked to provide a set of ‘objective’ measures as the basis for faculty evaluation. In so doing, T&P committees are attempting to assess the scholarly influence of the faculty it seeks to evaluate. But what is ‘scholarly influence’? and how might it be measured. In this talk, I will endeavor to explore how scholarly influence is being judged and how the various ‘measures’ could be manipulated.