Appendix 5.A

Appendix 5.A

Kent State University

School of Music

 

Promotion, Tenure and Reappointment

 

School of Music Tenure Procedures and Policies

 

School of Music policies on tenure are designed to supplement university policies on tenure, and to provide music faculty with additional information and further clarification concerning criteria for tenure. In no way do School of Music policies supersede University policies regarding tenure, nor is anything in this document to be construed as contradicting policies outlined in the Collective Bargaining Agreement.

                                     

Music faculty are appointed in one of two distinct areas, academic and performance. For the academic area, normally the degree level for initial appointment is the doctoral degree in music. For performance faculty, normally the degree level for initial appointment is the master’s degree in music. Faculty members who qualify, may hold joint appointments in academic and performance areas.

 

The candidate for tenure in music is engaged in a substantial amount of sustained scholarly research and/or creative activity throughout the years that he or she has been a faculty member in the School of Music at Kent State University, thereby giving every indication that intensive and successful productivity in the candidate’s designated area(s) of scholarly research and/or creative activity will continue throughout his or her future career as well. Therefore, the granting of tenure indicates the promise of success. Further study beyond that specified as a required terminal degree in the initial offer of appointment letter, including advanced degrees, artist diplomas, and study with recognized artists, may be a factor in tenure consideration.

           

Evaluation criteria:

1. Creative activity in Music is defined as performing, conducting, and/or composing.

2. Scholarly research may be done singly or in cooperation with others, with the intent that such productivity will lead to -

                              a. presentations at professional meetings.

                              b. refereed and juried journals and other recognized articles or chapters.

                              c. books or chapters of books.

                              d. professional performances, concerts and recitals beyond standard curricular expectation.

                              e. performances at appropriate academic or professional public media.

3. Although some consideration will be given to accomplishments outside the candidate’s primary area of specialization and assignment, in most cases it is understood that faculty will concentrate their professional activities in their primary areas.

 

Candidates for tenure must demonstrate significant and sustained accomplishments in research and creative activity. Candidates must also provide documented evidence of excellence in teaching. In addition, candidates are expected to have made satisfactory contributions in university citizenship/service. While it is recognized that candidates for tenure may differ in their individual professional strengths and interests, achievements of demonstrable quality and appropriate quantity as specified above are nonetheless required.

 

For regional campus faculty, greater consideration will be given to teaching and to university citizenship/service.

 

Evidence of scholarship may be demonstrated by self-evaluation, peer evaluation, student evaluation, evaluation by colleagues outside the university, and/or through external adjudication of the candidate’s tenure file. Candidates must document their accomplishments by offering appropriate evidence, such as the following:

 

Criteria governing documentation

 

1. Measures of student achievement, such as student performances, publications, etc.

2. Publications, such as professionally reviewed and/or refereed articles, monographs, and books in the candidate’s field of expertise.

3. Invited, adjudicated, or refereed participation in performances, programs, or presentations at professional meetings and conferences at the state, regional, national, and international levels.

4. Significant creative activity (composing, performing, conducting), including invited, adjudicated, or refereed recitals, concerts, etc.

5. Participation and leadership in professional and learned societies.

6. Significant public service to one’s profession.

7. Evidence of outstanding achievement, such as awards, honors, patents, copyrights, etc.

8. Seeking and securing professionally reviewed research, creative activity and /or service grants.

9. Outstanding service to the university, school, college, regional campus, unit and/or community beyond the normal expectations of all tenure-track faculty members.

 

Scholarly and Creative Activity

Faculty members are required to maintain active careers in the discipline by engaging in creative activity and research via professional practice and/or research and scholarship. Each faculty member will:

1. Report annually to the Director results of work completed.

2. Periodically report the results of such work via concerts and lectures.

3. Seek publication of creative activity and research work undertaken.

4. Give off-campus presentations, concerts and lectures in major venues of musical activity.

 

Examples of scholarly and creative activity in music may include, but are not limited to, the following (listed publications should only include material that has already been published or has been accepted for publication):

 

Significant and exceptional on- and off-campus performances that demonstrate high quality, continued artistic growth and recognition in the profession.

 

Recordings and radio/television performances

 

Published books, book chapters, monographs, non-print materials, journal articles or computer software

 

Editorship of a significant professional journal

 

External citation or recognition for original scholarly activities

 

Performance or publication of creative works or original compositions

 

Significant contributions to professional conferences, such as master classes, convention papers, program presentations, seminars, workshops, clinics, performances and poster sessions

 

Published research reports

 

Publication and/or performance of arrangements, transcriptions or additions

 

Evaluation of books, papers, compositions, articles, recordings or program panel critic

 

Association with the academic and professional world in the candidate’s area of expertise through scholarly, professional, commercial associations, and consultation with other organizations of an academic or professional nature

 

 

Responsibilities of music faculty may include teaching courses in both academic and performance areas. In these cases, scholarly activities may be reported separately or together. Evaluation of such files will take into consideration the division of assigned responsibilities.

 

Teaching

 

Evidence must be submitted attesting to fulfillment of the teaching obligations as specified in the candidate’s initial offer of appointment letter or as appropriate to the candidate’s current assignment and responsibilities within the School of Music. Judgments of quality in these matters are to be guided in part by the use of student and peer evaluations. The Director may solicit testimony of former students and alumni. Unsolicited testimonials may be included in the portfolio prepared by the candidate. Direction of graduate degree recitals, essays, theses, and dissertations should be considered as well as direction of undergraduate junior and senior recitals, independent studies, student research projects, and senior honors theses. Candidates who are assigned advisees should have a record of consistent and helpful student advisement and counseling.

 

Significant factors reviewed by the School of Music PTR committee will include student evaluation, peer evaluation, adjudication, and professional media review.

 

Further evidence of excellence in teaching may include:

 

           

Individual investigation with outstanding students. Activities may include: principal advisor or committee member for theses, essays, dissertations, honors projects and candidacy exams. Activities in the applied areas may include: preparation for auditions, competitions, masterclasses, recitals and summer festivals.

 

Recognition for teaching, either from KSU or organizations such as MTNA, NATS, OMEA, etc.

 

Student awards

 

Students accepted for further study at prestigious institutions or festivals.

 

Faculty who are teaching primarily in performance areas should be active in public performances within the university setting and within the community. In addition, pedagogical procedures should be current, and the faculty member should be involved in a continuing review of new pedagogical methods and materials as pertain to his/her teaching methodologies. For faculty who are teaching primarily in non-performance areas, scholarship of teaching should involve a similar process of review and updating of pedagogical materials and methods, and should demonstrate an active interest in pedagogical research as it relates specifically to the content areas being taught.

 

University Citizenship/Service involves service activities not necessarily tied to one’s special field of knowledge that make significant positive contributions to the advancement of the educational, scholarly, and governance goals and missions of the University, college campus, or unit.

 

Examples of University Citizenship/Service may include, but are not limited to the following:

 

Cooperation and positive interaction with School of Music personnel is expected.

 

            Committees: outstanding work on School, College or University committees or notable leadership roles in the University community. The following types of service are listed without hierarchy:

 

Service: Membership on standing and ad hoc committees; coordination of special programs; participation in institutionally-sponsored conferences, institutes, clinics and workshops; support and guidance of student groups and special assignments representing the institution.

 

Professional service: A faculty member’s active support of and direct involvement in the organization and activities of the profession constitutes professional service. Activity as an outside evaluator or adjudicator. Membership in professional organizations, on special committees, or on an editorial review board of a professional journal are examples of service to the profession.

 

Community service: Community service is the service rendered by the faculty member as a representative of the School, College or University to individuals and organizations in the local, regional, state, national and international communities.

 

Administration: Assuming roles of coordinator, supervisor, or manager, in the School or College and performing the administrative duties associated with those titles.

 

Service to the public as experts in the candidate’s field through speaking and/or performance engagements or working with community groups as such activities are appropriate and reasonable.

 

Candidates for early tenure should have truly extraordinary professional accomplishments, should have demonstrated exceptional University Citizenship/Service as articulated, and should be expected to meet the minimum criteria for promotion to associate professor.

 

 

School of Music Promotion Procedures and Policies

 

School of Music policies on promotion are designed to supplement university policies on promotion, and to provide music faculty with additional information and further clarification about criteria for promotion. In no way do School of Music policies supersede University policies regarding promotion, nor is anything in this document to be construed as contradicting policies outlined in the Collective Bargaining Agreement.

 

Music faculty are appointed in one of two distinct areas, academic and performance. For the academic area, normally the degree level for initial appointment is the doctorate in music. For performance faculty, normally the degree level for initial appointment is the master of music. Faculty members, who qualify, may hold joint appointments in academic and performance areas.

 

The candidate for promotion to the rank of Associate Professor of Music is expected to have achieved a substantial amount of sustained scholarly research and/or creative activity throughout the years that he or she has been a faculty member in the School of Music at Kent State University. Therefore, promotion in academic rank indicates the achievement of success.

 

Creative activity is defined as performing, conducting, or composing. Creative activity may be done singly or in cooperation with others, with the intent that such productivity will lead to -

 

• presentation of findings in professional meetings, recognized professional journals or books

 

• concerts, recitals, and performances, which may be juried, adjudicated, reviewed or invited

 

• appropriate academic or professional public media.

 

Further study beyond that specified as a required terminal degree in the initial offer-of-appointment letter, including advanced degrees, artists’ diplomas, and study with recognized artists, may be a factor in promotion consideration.

 

Although some consideration will be given to accomplishments outside the candidate’s primary area of specialization and assignment, in most cases it is understood that faculty will concentrate their professional activities in their primary areas.

 

Candidates for early promotion should have truly extraordinary professional accomplishments and should have demonstrated exceptional University Citizenship/Service as articulated below under that category in this document.

 

Candidates for promotion to associate professor must demonstrate significant and sustained accomplishments in scholarly and/or creative activity. Candidates for promotion to any rank must provide documented evidence of excellence in teaching. In addition, candidates are expected to have made satisfactory contributions in University Citizenship/Service. While it is recognized that candidates for promotion may differ in their individual professional strengths and interests, achievements of demonstrable quality and appropriate quantity as specified above are nonetheless required.

 

For regional campus faculty, greater consideration will be given to teaching and to university citizenship. Faculty members appointed to the rank of instructor must possess the terminal degree before applying for promotion to the rank of assistant professor.

 

Significant faculty review by the School of Music Promotion, Tenure and Reappointment Committee (PTR) committee will include student evaluation, peer evaluation, adjudication, professional/scholarly reviews, citations, etc.

 

Scholarly/Creative Activity

 

Examples of scholarly and creative activity in music may include, but are not limited to, the following (listed publications should only include material that has already been published or has been accepted for publication):

 

 

Significant and exceptional on- and off-campus performances that demonstrate high quality, continued artistic growth and recognition in the profession. Performance venues are limited to established professional and collegiate events as appropriate to the discipline.

 

Recordings and radio/television performances

 

Published books, book chapters, monographs, non-print materials, journal articles or computer software

 

Editorship of a significant professional journal

 

External citation or recognition for original scholarly activities

 

Performance or publication of creative works or original compositions

 

Significant contributions to professional conferences, such as master classes, convention papers, program presentations, seminars, workshops, clinics, performances and poster sessions

 

Published scholarly reports

 

Publication and/or performance of arrangements, transcriptions or additions

 

Evaluation of books, papers, compositions, articles, recordings or program panel critic

 

Association with the academic and professional world in the candidate’s area of expertise through scholarly, professional, commercial associations, and consultation with other organizations of an academic or professional nature

 

Service to the public as experts in the candidate’s field through speaking and/or performance engagements or working with community groups as such activities are appropriate and reasonable

 

Responsibilities of music faculty may include teaching courses in both academic and performance areas. In these cases, scholarly activities may be reported separately or together. Evaluation of such files will take into consideration the division of assigned responsibilities.

 

Teaching

 

            Evidence must be submitted attesting to fulfillment of the teaching obligations as specified in the candidate’s initial offer of appointment letter or as appropriate to the candidate’s current assignment and responsibilities within the School of Music. Judgments of quality in these matters are to be guided in part by the use of student and peer evaluations. The Director may solicit testimony of former students and alumni. Unsolicited testimonials may be included in the portfolio prepared by the candidate. Direction of graduate degree recitals, essays, theses, and dissertations should be considered as well as direction of undergraduate junior and senior recitals, independent studies, student research projects, and senior honors theses. Candidates who are assigned advisees should have a record of consistent and helpful student advisement and counseling.

 

Significant factors reviewed by the School of Music PTR committee will include student evaluation, peer evaluation, adjudication, and professional media review.

 

Further evidence of excellence in teaching may include:

 

Individual investigation with outstanding students. Activities may include: principal advisor or committee member for theses, essays, dissertations, honors projects and candidacy exams. Activities in the applied areas may include: preparation for auditions, competitions, masterclasses, recitals and summer festivals.

 

Recognition for teaching, either from KSU or organizations such as MTNA, NATS, OMEA, etc.

 

Student awards

 

Students accepted for further study at prestigious institutions or festivals.

 

Regional campus faculty who are teaching primarily in performance areas should be active in public performances within the university setting and within the community. In addition, pedagogical procedures should be current, and the faculty member should be involved in a continuing review of new pedagogical methods and materials as pertain to his/her teaching methodologies. For regional campus faculty who are teaching primarily in non-performance areas, teaching should involve a similar process of review and updating of pedagogical materials and methods, and should demonstrate an active interest in pedagogical research as it relates specifically to the content areas being taught.

 

University Citizenship/Service involves service activities not necessarily tied to one’s special field of knowledge that make significant positive contributions to the advancement of the educational, scholarly, and governance goals and missions of the University, college campus, or unit.

 

Examples of university citizenship/service may include, but are not limited to the following:

 

Cooperation and positive interaction with School of Music personnel is expected.

 

            Committees: outstanding work on School, College or University committees or notable leadership roles in the University community. The following types of service are listed without hierarchy:

 

Types of Service: Membership on standing and ad hoc committees; coordination of special programs; participation in institutionally-sponsored conferences, institutes, clinics and workshops; support and guidance of student groups and special assignments representing the institution.

 

Professional service: A faculty member’s active support of and direct involvement in the organization and activities of the profession constitutes professional service. Activity as an outside evaluator or adjudicator. Membership in professional organizations, on special committees, or on an editorial review board of a professional journal are examples of service to the profession.

 

Community service: Community service is the service rendered by the faculty member as a representative of the School, College or University to individuals and organizations in the local, regional, state, national and international communities.

 

Administration: Assuming roles of coordinator, supervisor, or manager, in the School or College and performing the administrative duties associated with those titles.

 

The Candidate for Promotion to the Rank of Professor of Music

 

The candidate for promotion to Professor of Music is expected to accomplish a professional level of achievement beyond that of promotion to associate professor (or last promotion) through continued and sustained scholarly and/or creative activity which demonstrates continued and sustained accomplishment. A national or international presence is expected. This visibility should be significantly manifested through all scholarship required for all RTP candidates. A full professor is expected to have been an effective university citizen of the School, College and University. Service to the School and profession is required. Scholarly and Creative Activity in the School is understood to include creative activity in composing, performing, or conducting.

 

Promotion to the rank of Professor of Music for regional campus faculty is expected to be at an identical level of achievement as that of the Kent Campus.

 

Faculty Mentoring

 

One very important aspect of citizenship in the School is the act of mentoring junior faculty, whether assigned or volunteered. Every newly appointed faculty member will be assigned a mentor.