New STTI Book Provides Guidance for Professionals Seeking Promotion and Tenure

Updated on December 2, 2017

Ball State University experts offer readers tips and tools specific to each step of the tenure process

The tenure process can be challenging and intimidating, especially since there are no extensive guidelines to help professionals who are working toward this vocational step. In A Nurse’s Step-By-Step Guide to Academic Promotion & Tenure, professors at Ball State University in Indiana offer a unique, step-by-step guide to navigate the tenure process.

The experienced team, consisting of Constance E. McIntosh, EdD, MBA, RN; Cynthia M. Thomas, EdD, MS, RNC; and David E. McIntosh, PhD, has a combined 50 years of experience in higher education. They are currently at different stages of the tenure and promotion processes and provide unique insights based on their own experiences. Although primarily intended for nurses, the book aims to help professionals in any academic department who are seeking tenure or a promotion.

“I would visit with those who had earned tenure, were working towards tenure or had dropped off tenure and asked them their experiences,” Constance E. McIntosh said. “Consistently, not one person would be able to refer me to any guidebook. In fact, their response was always, ‘I wish there would have been a book to help me through tenure.’ This book is that guide for any academic, nursing or otherwise, that is considering working towards tenure.”

The textpublished by the Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International (STTI), is a practical resource to use in achieving promotional success. It provides readers with easy-to-use tools and real-life experiences in order to ease their anxiety when it comes to taking this important professional step.

The book is available at

About the authors
Constance E. McIntosh, EdD, MBA, RN, is an Assistant Professor at Ball State University School of Nursing. She is currently on a tenure track.
Cynthia M. Thomas, EdD, MS, RNC, is an Associate Professor at Ball State University School of Nursing. She has earned tenure and is working toward promotion to full professor.
David E. McIntosh, PhD, is a full Professor and the David and Joanna Meeks Distinguished Professor of Special Education at Ball State University. He has more than 27 years of experience in higher education.

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