Research/Creative Activity | School of Art Handbook | Kent State University

Research/Creative Activity

In evaluating the credentials of a candidate in the three areas of research, the following factors will be considered (note: numbers in the table 2A refer to descriptions in the categories listed below):

  1. Recognition. A TT faculty memberʼs scholarly reputation is a reflection of the quality, extent, and creativity of his/her research output and is, therefore, an issue that is carefully evaluated for advancement. To be recommended for advancement, a candidate must provide evidence that her/his work has had an impact on the discipline. Recognition by professional peers can include, for example: citations of research, inclusion of images of work in publications, reviews of work in publications, invited lectures, inclusion in festschrifts, and special honors of any type including editorship of journals, service on boards at an international or national level, service on juries, curating of significant exhibitions, inclusion of work in significant public or private collections, receipts of awards, and commissioned work.
  2. Publications. Evaluation of publication record includes an assessment of quality and impact on the field, as well as of quantity. Publication in journals having stringent reviewing policies is more valued than publication in journals that are less rigorous in their editorial control. Documented forthcoming scholarly or creative works will be considered as part of the record of accomplishments. Documentation can include galley proofs of the article or book or advanced notices (published advertisements of same) from the publisher. Refereed publications of impact and quality are given greater emphasis. A faculty member’s specific area of specialization may be a factor in the recognition of the scope and time required for research, production, and the resulting publication or other form of output.
  3. Exhibitions. Evaluation of the record of exhibitions includes an assessment of quality and impact on the field. Consideration is given to documented showing of original work in solo, invited group/mixed or juried exhibitions, and competitions. Significance of the exhibition is considered in relation to prestige of the sponsoring organization, venue, curator, juror, and/or inclusiveness and/or scope e.g. international, national, regional, or local. Documented forthcoming scholarly or creative works will be considered as part of the record of accomplishments.  Documentation can include galley proofs of a forthcoming catalogue or interview, advanced notices (published advertisements of same) from the gallery and so on.  A faculty member’s specific area of specialization may be a factor in the recognition of the scope and time required for research, production and the resulting exhibition or other form of output. 
  4. Presentations. Presentation of papers of original research/creative work is evaluated according to significance of the venue and sponsoring organization, with greater weight given to refereed presentations or peer-invited presentations to scholarly audiences. Conference papers are encouraged, but because of their relatively narrow range of dissemination and sometimes superficial reviewing policies, they represent a more nominal level of research accomplishment.
  5. Professional Activity. TT faculty members are expected to be active participants in the field. Some evidence of outside professional activity is necessary for advancement. Examples of such activity are curating an exhibition, reviewing for journals, attending professional meetings, holding office in a professional organization, serving on professional committees, exhibition juries or as juror, publishing in non-refereed publications, editing, or writing for a newsletter, etc.

Table 2A. EVALUATION COMPONENTS FOR RESEARCH/CREATIVE ACTIVITY

Scholarship Rating

Creative Practice and/or Research is defined by:

Indicators Corresponding to the Assessment Score – Indicators will vary across disciplines.

Excellent

Sustained focus with national/international recognition

Demonstrated record of publications and/or exhibitions, invitations to give presentations/lectures,

Review of works featured in national/international journals, appointment to boards of professional organizations at state/national/international level, recognition by professional peers, election to office in a professional organization, chair of a conference, or has extramural funding

Very Good

Clear direction and emerging national recognition

Demonstrated record of publications and/or exhibitions, presentations at professional meetings with rigorous review criteria or committee membership in a professional organization

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Good

Developing focus and active engagement

Some publications and/or exhibitions,

Some presentations at professional meetings/seminars.

or chaired sessions at professional conferences/meetings, curated or

juried exhibitions, edited or reviewed work in journals

 

Fair

Unfocused direction and limited engagement

Occasional publications/exhibitions or meeting presentations

Poor

No research program or creative practice

No publications, presentations, exhibitions, or professional recognition