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Monday, January 27, 2014
Open-source efforts, not for junior faculty.
At the JMM session a number of people noted that developing open-source texts and OERs in general can be a risky endeavor for junior faculty where the stock-in-trade for tenure and promotion is the peer-reviewed publication. In this postKaisa Taipale, a talented young mathematician, expresses concern over the high cost of college textbooks. Further, she laments the fact that though she'd like to contribute to open-source efforts, she fears such activity would hinder a traditional academic career trajectory. Here at Whitman, I've been working to get our guidelines for tenure and promotion to include this kind of work. Our faculty personnel committee is going to consider the issue this semester. Until such work is recognized by colleges and universities as meritorious and worthy of tenure and promotion, it will continue to be risky for pre-tenure faculty to engage in this kind of activity.