I just got back from a three-day workshop in East Lansing whose goal was to bring together people from diverse locations within the academy and adjacent to the academy to think through a proposed set of values for measuring humanities research in the academy.
The HuMetricsHSS team had developed this framework at TriangleSCI. Now they wanted to see whether people agreed that these were the shared values that people in the humanities have. They invited chairs and faculty from public research institutions, land-grant institutions, small liberal arts colleges, community colleges, and librarians and people working at Academic Research Centers on college campuses, and graduate students. For the tl;dr, skip below.
I was a little skeptical going into the workshop. I was skeptical that we could reach agreement. I was skeptical about whether we should want metrics at all. I was skeptical that these conversations could produce real change in academic culture. Read more