Cleveland State Law Review
law professors, scholarship, academic, scholarly writing
In 1970, I left the world of a litigation attorney and joined that of academia. One of the first survival lessons that I learned was that, in order to gain tenure and ultimately achieve the pinnacle of full professor, I had to establish myself as a scholar. This, I learned, meant that I had to publish. Perusal of the Personnel Policies of our University, which are similar to those of many others, indicated that a key to a successful career was that I produce "an outstanding record as a scholar." The closest definition to the term in the personnel policies was found in a description of creative achievement which stressed a working commitment to inquiry and research to meet the University's obligation to generate new knowledge and practices.
Stephen J. Werber, On Defining Academic Scholarship, 40 Cleveland State Law Review 209 (1992)