School of Music Merit Criteria

Merit will be considered in three categories: 1) teaching, 2) scholarly and creative activity, and 3) service. 

In order to receive a merit increase in any one area, the TT faculty member must meet the threshold. Thresholds define minimal acceptable levels of performance in a given area. Performance must exceed thresholds to be eligible for merit.

  1. Teaching

    Summary of signed copies of teaching load for this period will be provided by the Director as requested by the Office of the Provost. 

    Threshold - TT faculty should demonstrate consistent evidence of teaching performance above the minimal expectations documented by, but not limited to, peer and student evaluation ratings. The threshold includes continued development of pedagogy and course content.

    Meritorious teaching activity 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 
  2. Scholarly and/or Creative Activity

    Threshold - TT faculty are expected to show clear evidence of involvement in professional endeavors judged significant by colleagues and by the accepted standards of his/her scholarly and/or creative discipline. Such endeavors should be directed towards publications and/or presentations in a public and/or professional forum, which may include professional activities such as various forms of publications (book, article, review, editorship, paper presented at a conference, citation, etc.); presentations (lecture, panel discussion, symposium participation, etc.); performances; competitions; commissions, etc.

    Listed publications should only include material that has already been published or has been accepted for publication. 

    Meritorious scholarly and/or creative activity may include: 

    • 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 research 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
  3. Service

    Threshold - TT faculty are expected to give time and energy beyond teaching and advising responsibilities to activities related to the business of the School, the College, the University, and the community, which advance their respective missions and ensure their effective and efficient operation. Administrative responsibilities, active committee membership, studio/classroom, audio/visual equipment, instrument inventory and maintenance, lab maintenance, and/or curricular development – performed with diligence, care, and cooperation – are examples of minimum service performance.

    Meritorious service activity may include:

    • Recruitment is the process of bringing new and transfer students to the School. Recruitment activities may include the development of recruiting materials, setting up on- and off-campus programs, etc.
    • Academic advisement that demonstrates above and beyond the norm and/or related special responsibilities. TT faculty are expected to exceed the University requirement of five hours per week reserved for student advising, and to show evidence of effort committed to the welfare and educational development of advisees and students
    • Membership on standing or ad hoc school, college, or university 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
    • A faculty member’s active support of and direct involvement in the organization and activities of the profession constitutes professional service. Memberships in professional organizations, on special committees, or an editorial review board of a professional journal are examples of service to the profession
    • Grants received or approved related to service
    • Performing administrative duties outside the expectations associated with assigned load responsibilities
    • Activity as an outside evaluator or adjudicator