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Collegiality and Tenure: Perspectives from the Field

  • September 29, 2021
  • 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
  • Zoom Meeting


  • Any staff member of a LILRC Institutional Member or a LILRC Retired Member
  • For staff and members of any other councils.


For tenure track librarians, the tenure review is a critical milestone with significant implications for them and their library. It is essential that the criteria set forth are clear and fair. Requirements related to the concept of “collegiality” have been a source of concern in terms of the purpose for their inclusion, the fairness with which they are applied, and the means by which they can be judged or measured. The researchers reviewed the history of collegiality in tenure, and then explored the current practice by analyzing librarian tenure guidelines. This session will explore the prevalence and diversity of representations of collegiality in R-1 university libraries’ promotion and tenure guidelines.


Dr. Lis Pankl [she/her/hers] currently serves as Dean and Professor of Library & Information Services at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. Dr. Pankl holds a PhD in Geography from Kansas State University, a MPA from the University of Utah, a MSLS from the University of North Texas, a MA in English from Abilene Christian University, and a BA in English from Washington State University. Her areas of interest include higher education administration, organizational development, strategic planning, academic libraries, and critical/cultural geographies.

Leo Lo [he/him/his] is Associate Dean for Learning, Undergraduate Services, and Commonwealth Campus Libraries at Pennsylvania State University, overseeing over 300 faculty and staff. He provides leadership for access services, library assessment, library learning services, undergraduate services, as well as the libraries for the 20 Penn State Commonwealth Campuses, and the Penn State World Campus online. As a tenured faculty, Leo supports the promotion and tenure process for library faculty. Leo earned a MLIS from Florida State University, and a doctorate in higher education management from the University of Pennsylvania.

Jason Coleman [he/him/his] is Associate Professor and Head of Library User Services at Kansas State University Libraries. In this role he oversees access services, interlibrary services, and frontline reference services. He has published and presented on a wide-array of topics including virtual reference, library leadership, critical librarianship, distance services, and reference models. He earned his MLS from Emporia State University.

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Professional Development Hours: 1 (.1 CEUs)

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