Retention, Tenure, & Promotion (RTP) Process


Community learning can contribute to a faculty portfolio in the three key areas for retention, promotion and tenure.

Enhance Your Teaching Effectiveness

    • Develop more powerful curricula that provides students with a "real world" context for theory and discipline-specific knowledge, thereby helping students to retain more relevant information.
    • Raise students' awareness about current social issues as they relate to academic areas of interest.
    • Engage students in powerful, interactive classroom discussions that invite new perspectives and personalize student learning.
    • Develop students' critical thinking, writing, and interpersonal communication skills.
    • Help students learn about the complexities of social systems and community problems.

Advance Research & Scholarship Efforts:

    • Identify new areas for research and publication, thereby increasing opportunities for professional recognition and reward.
    • Present your professional papers at state, regional and national conferences.
    • Publish findings in higher education publications or applied academic journals.
    • Make your work visible and emphasize quality.

Serve the University and Surrounding Community

    • Leverage your ability to provide direct service and/or research benefiting the community.
    • Offer professional skills and expertise to the nonprofit agencies where students are serving.
    • Serve on the advisory board of directors for the nonprofit agencies with which the community learning class "partners."
    • Increase visibility for the University by facilitating local media coverage of your community learning projects.
    • Make community learning presentations