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September 1999 COMPUTING RESEARCH NEWS The evaluation of computer science and engineering faculty
 

Summary: September 1999 COMPUTING RESEARCH NEWS
The evaluation of computer science and engineering faculty
for promotion and tenure has generally followed the dictate
"publish or perish," where "publish" has had its standard aca-
demic meaning of "publish in archival journals" [Academic
Careers, 94]. Relying on journal publications as the sole demon-
stration of scholarly achievement, especially counting such
publications to determine whether they exceed a prescribed
threshold, ignores significant evidence of accomplishment in
computer science and engineering. For example, conference
publication is preferred in the field, and computational artifacts --
software, chips, etc. -- are a tangible means of conveying ideas
and insight. Obligating faculty to be evaluated by this traditional
standard handicaps their careers, and indirectly harms the field.
This document describes appropriate evidence of academic
achievement in computer science and engineering.
Computer Science and Engineering --
Structure of The Field
Computation is synthetic in the sense that many of the phe-
nomena computer scientists and engineers study are created by

  

Source: Allan, Vicki H. - Department of Computer Science, Utah State University
Kuncak, Viktor - Faculté Informatique et Communications, Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne

 

Collections: Computer Technologies and Information Sciences