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Including Commercialization in Tenure and Promotion Decisions: A Poll

The Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities (APLU) called on its members in 2015 to include technology transfer accomplishments in the tenure and promotion (T&P) review process. At that time, APLU had identified 40 institutions that considered tech transfer activities in making T&P decisions. Since then, more universities—public and private—have included patents, industry-sponsored research, and other activities into T&P criteria.
As research universities are placing an increased emphasis on economic development, we agree that it’s entirely appropriate—even essential—that faculty advancement decisions include activities in tech transfer, innovation, and entrepreneurship, just as they include published research papers in these decisions.

We are excited to delve into this topic at a session we’re moderating this fall at AUTM’s Eastern Region Meeting in Raleigh, NC. Tenure and Promotion Trends: Current Initiatives to Take Commercialization into Account will examine the wide range of initiatives that universities have undertaken to include tech transfer in T&P reviews.

To contribute to the conversation, take our short poll to let us know how your institution is recognizing the value of tech transfer in faculty advancement reviews. We’d especially like to hear from institutions that have added metrics associated with tech transfer to T&P criteria. The poll will be open until August 31.
In addition to exploring trends, panelists at the AUTM meeting will share policies as well as the successful techniques they used to achieve the shift at their institutions. We’re planning for attendees to leave with a collection of best practices in tech transfer T&P efforts that can help them establish effective policies and practices at their home institutions.

We’d welcome insights from anyone with positive or negative experiences in T&P commercialization criteria, especially if you are going to be at the meeting in Raleigh and might be interested in participating as a panelist.

Feel free to contact me directly to share information about your tech transfer T&P experiences. We’ll have more on the session closer to the meeting, when we’ll share our poll results. We are looking forward to welcoming our tech transfer colleagues to Raleigh!