School of Music Addition

Non-tenure-track Faculty in the School of Music are appointed in one of two distinct areas, academic and performance. For the academic area, the normally expected minimum degree level for initial appointment is the master’s degree in music. For performance faculty, normally the degree level for initial appointment is also the master’s degree in music or equivalent professional experience. Faculty members who qualify may hold joint appointments in academic and performance areas.


Addendum B of the Collective Bargaining Agreement prescribes the criteria for a full performance review file. Specific criteria for faculty members in the School of Music are as follows.

  1. 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. Testimony of former students and alumni may be solicited by the Director only. 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.


    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, master classes, 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 are encouraged to 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 they pertain to his/her teaching methodologies. For regional campus faculty who are teaching primarily in academic 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.


    Additional support materials may include, but are not restricted to the following:


    Publications for student use, such as solo or ensemble warm-ups, technical exercises, workbooks, or study guides; unpublished research reports; innovative materials for ongoing class use.


    A wide range of documented significant achievements of current students and recent graduates, as appropriate, may be taken into consideration.

  2. Service

    Examples of service may include, but are not limited to the following and are listed without hierarchy:


    Sustained, effective and collegial service to the School as a whole as well as within the candidate’s area of expertise, both as requested by the Director and volunteered by the candidate, in auditions, student recruitment, and special occasions requiring music performances. Success in student recruitment may be an important consideration for candidates.


    Sustained, effective and collegial service to the College of the Arts, and to the University in appointive, elective, or voluntary capacities.


    Committees: outstanding work on School, College, or University committees or notable leadership roles in the University community.


    Service: Membership on standing and ad hoc committees; coordination or 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 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, 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.

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

  3. Review Process

    FTNTT faculty members are reviewed by the ad hoc RTP Committee. The Director, in consultation with the FAC, assigns two (2) faculty members to visit the classes of FTNTT faculty members, to evaluate teaching performance. One of the faculty members assigned to visit the classes must be a member of the ad hoc RTP Committee. A written report is submitted to the Director for placement in the faculty member's review file. FTNTT faculty will also submit an updated file that is presented to the Director who will make these materials available to the ad hoc RTP Committee. Each FTNTT faculty member is discussed by the committee which votes on a recommendation for renewal of the faculty member’s appointment. The Director independently assesses the accomplishments of each FTNTT faculty member and forwards to the Dean her/his recommendation and the committee's recommendation. The Director informs the FTNTT faculty member of the ad hoc RTP Committee's deliberations and provides the faculty member a copy of the recommendation that the Director sends to the Dean. FTNTT faculty members whose appointments will not be renewed must be notified by the timelines established in the applicable Collective Bargaining Agreement whether lack of adequate satisfaction with performance or the absence of anticipated continuing programmatic need or budgeted resources to support the position is the reason.


    If an FTNTT member of the FAC is under consideration for renewal (and therefore not eligible to take part in the review), the Director will appoint an alternate FTNTT member to the FAC for that particular review process.


    The overall evaluation during the third-year full performance review shall include consideration of the faculty member’s personal integrity and professional behavior as recognized by the University community. A sound ethical approach is expected of all FTNTT faculty members who seek renewal of appointment in the School.


    Simplified performance three-year reviews are governed by the applicable Collective Bargaining Agreement.  Though it is not required by the CBA, candidates may solicit peer reviews of instruction to be included in their files.