For the past 12 years, the University of Nebraska- Lincoln (UNL) has led efforts to change the reward system for teaching in 28 research-oriented institutions. The model for change, which was developed by project participants at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, has been adapted extensively by collaborating universities. Although the model for change was accepted by most of the collaborators, not all university departments were successful in the implementation phases. Those departments and colleges of agriculture that had leaders who were dedicated to the change process tended to achieve the greatest change in the reward system for teaching. Some common changes were designating awards for teaching, and changing tenure and promotion criteria. It has become evident that the door for changing the reward system for teaching in a research-oriented environment is opening.
reward system, land-grant institutions