Making it Count: Four Examples, Five Years Later

In version 1.0 of the article, three out of the four web writers I discussed as examples were seeking tenure. (Virginia Montecino was not on the tenure track at George Mason University.) So where are they now?

So for the three of us who were seeking tenure, the conclusion of claiming our self-published web work has been both good news and no news. For all three of us, our self-published web sites were modest positives for our individual cases for tenure and promotion. These sites certainly were not seen as negatives on our records. On the other hand, the results of our tenure cases also amounts to what we might call no news, since both Honeycutt and Anderson mention the presence of other more traditional scholarly work on their CVs. The same was true in my own situation as well. In other words, I think it's fair to say that all three of us would have still been awarded tenure and promotion even if we had not claimed our web work as part of our tenure and promotion cases. We were not truly case studies of the positive benefits of self-published web sites being counted as scholarship, simply because the more conventional print-based scholarship that all of us did (and continue to do) meant that our colleagues did not have to seriously weigh the value of our web work as non-traditional scholarship.