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Incorporating Innovation and Entrepreneurship Activities into Promotion and Tenure Decisions


By David Schwartz
Published: May 4th, 2021

Including innovation and entrepreneurship activities in university promotion and tenure decisions is an important way for universities to encourage researchers to participate in commercialization activity — particularly younger faculty — and sustain a healthy innovation environment. It’s clear that faculty respond quickly to changes in incentives – and they respond to disincentives as well. Without a push toward inclusion of innovation activity, you can bet that some potentially lucrative and important inventions will fall by the wayside.

While you may encounter “old guard” faculty and research leaders that still balk at the idea that commercialization should carry weight in promotion and tenure criteria, the tide is turning. Many universities have already taken formal policy steps to include innovation as a consideration, and many others are seeing more commercialization activity on faculty dossiers in promotion and tenure deliberations.

This paradigm shift is perfect timing for your university to re-evaluate your tenure and promotion policies and encourage up-and-coming faculty to engage with your TTO – and bring their technologies out of the lab. That’s why we teamed up with an expert panel for this important, forward-looking program: Incorporating Innovation and Entrepreneurship Activities into Promotion and Tenure Decisions, scheduled for May 26. You’ll learn

best practices and strategies for making this shift toward a tenure and promotion process that encourages inventors and potential start-up founders to participate in the commercialization process. For complete details, Click Here.

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