Kenyon College in Ohio has revised its tenure and promotion guidelines for professors to include engaging in “diversity” and “inclusion” efforts as part of the faculty’s evaluation process.
While many faculty members in higher education already dedicate what appears to be an exorbitant amount of time toward issues revolving around their ideas of diversity and inclusion, Kenyon College has now decided to write it into its guidelines for achieving tenure status and promotions, as reported by Diverse.
Kenyon’s new guidelines include contributing to “programs that strengthen inclusivity, diversity or access to liberal education,” in which the college asserts is part of the overall criteria for “fostering an open, respectful, supportive, accessible, and inclusive community.”
Assistant professor Patrick Ewell told Diverse that he believes the new guidelines are good because they will “incentivize” faculty to keep going what they have already been doing.
“There were already many people [at Kenyon] doing good diversity and inclusion work,” said professor Ewell, “but nowhere in the guidelines to specifically reward them.”