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    Hello All:

    Like many of you, I am housed within a department that includes faculty
    members in various disciplines. Our faculty member include those in
    basic physiology and biomechanics as well as pedagogy and sports
    psychology. When the time comes to rank faculty productivity, our
    department chair takes a very open minded approach and counts a
    publication in a peer reviewed journal appropriate to the discipline the
    same for all disciplines. That means that a paper in Journal of
    Biomechanics is (in this scenario) equivalent to a paper in a physical
    education journal, even though the later may have no measurable impact
    So now to my question: Those of you who are faculty in departments with
    diverse faculty focus areas, can you tell me how your administration
    handles the differences in disciplines with respect to performance
    evaluation of scholarly productivity?

    Thanks in advance,


    James C. Martin PhD
    Associate Professor
    The Neuromuscular Function Lab
    Department of Exercise and Sport Science
    College of Health
    The University of Utah
    250 S. 1850 E. Room 241
    Salt Lake City, Utah, 84112-0920
    Voice 801-587-7704
    Fax 801-585-3992
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