Academic/Career Recognition Task Force (ARTF).


Dr. John C. Butler

Associate Dean, Natural Sciences and Mathematics
Professor of Geosciences
University of Houston
Houston, TX 77204-5503

Dr. Kim Anne Kastens

Senior Research Scientist & Adjunct Professor
Co-Director of Earth & Environmental Science Journalism Program
Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory of Columbia University
Palisades, NY 10964

Session Background

At the Coolfont Organizational Meeting in August, 1999 the Collections Subcommittee proposed the following:

"Establish mechanisms for providing academic career credit to creators/suppliers of materials".

Creators of materials that are accepted into the reviewed collection of DLESE should receive academic/career recognition for their creative accomplishments. It is the responsibility of the Academic/Career Recognition Task Force (ARTF) to insure that review processes and selection stated and widely disseminated to those who serve as part of the faculty review process. That is, academic recognition must be earned.

Information about the composition of ARTF and its charge is given at:

A summary of three surveys conducted by ARTF is provided at:

Goals and Objectives

Following a brief presentation, the session will be opened to questions and answers.

Perhaps the key questions are ….

What are you, as a potential contributor, comfortable with?
What needs to be available so that those that review your accomplishments have sufficient data for your internal evaluation process?

Body of the Session

Other issues include, but are not limited to the following.

A review process seems to be the critical element leading to recognition.

ARTF can coordinate efforts to document the processes established by the appropriate DLESE subcommittees. ARTF has a dissemination function.

There must be a "strong" review or editorial board.

Need for "branding" — identification of resources accepted into the collection and notification of appropriate individuals who are involved with the review processes involving the creator of the resources.

Need for a systematic set of processes that document use of the collections.

Should DLESE function as a broker — pairing contributors with learning experts?