Date of Award

5-2019

Degree Type

Honors College Thesis

Department

Management and International Business

First Advisor

Joseph Peyrefitte, Ph.D.

Advisor Department

Management and International Business

Abstract

The tenure application process is a very important period in any university faculty’s professional career and can be a very stressful event. The results of a faculty’s tenure application will determine whether they will have continued employment at their current university, if they will be required to take another probationary year, or if they will need to seek employment elsewhere. Due to how important this process is, any information associated with this process and the required documentation must be properly managed, easily accessible, and easy to understand. This qualitative analysis develops a list of best practices through a review of the literature surrounding the issues in university tenure and determines whether the eight state-funded Mississippi universities follow these best practices. After compiling the needed information, it could be determined that out of six best practices there were two of these best practices that most universities did not follow. Best practices not followed were 1) making clear what number of publications were needed and where they should be published, and 2) making certain to inform applicants of any changes in the application process. Due to a lack of information, it could not be determined if each university followed the sixth best practice, which would be to follow any pre-existing tenure standards, so further research would be needed. Overall, the eight state-funded Mississippi universities generally followed the best practices.

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