This article presents information on a survey on tenure and promotion standards in academic departments in the U.S. Among the most important decisions in the academic world are those of promotion and tenure. The importance of these decisions is underscored by the controversy that accompanies them. The conflict surrounding these, as well as merit decisions, is usually focused on the criteria for making these determinations. In mid 1993 surveys were sent to the chairpersons of every department in the Speech Communication Association Directory that included in its title the words communication, speech or rhetoric. This resulted in 627 mailings to departments with such diverse names as Communication, Communications, Communication Arts, Communication Studies, Human Communication, Interpersonal Communication, Oral Communication, Rhetoric, Speech, Speech Communication, as well as to departments that included any of these names in conjunction with others. The surveys were returned by 169 department chairpersons representing a variety of types and sizes of institutions. Ninety of the responding departments offered only undergraduate degrees, a master's degree was the highest a student could earn at 58 of the departments and 21 offered a doctorate.
Emmert, P., & Rollman, S. A. (1997). A national survey of tenure and promotion standards in communication departments. Journal of the Association for Communication Administration, 26(1), 10–23.