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