Research and Creative Activity (40%)

That scholarly/creative competence to discharge on-load and assigned activities and efforts to manifest a scholarly/creative presence beyond the University, can be established.

Research/Creative Activity




Accomplishments Corresponding to the Assessment Score


High Merit (3)

Nationally/Internationally recognized research and/or body of creative activity

Demonstrated record of publications1, grants2, and/or performances3, exhibitions and installations, invitations to give presentations, development/advancement work research-related service to federal/state organizations, awards, recognition from artistic and/or scientific societies4

Very Good

Medium Merit (2)

Emerging nationally

recognized research program, and/or body of creative activity

Demonstrated record of publications and ”seed” grants, and/or performances, exhibitions, installations and presentations at well-recognized meetings or venues with rigorous review criteria.


Low Merit (1)

Active research and/or body of creative activity

Some peer-reviewed

publications or ”seed” grants, some performances, exhibitions, installations or presentations at meetings/seminars


No Merit (0)

Limited research and/or body of creative activity

Occasional publications, performances, exhibitions, installations or

meeting presentations


1Publications include: plays, scripts, scores, papers in peer-reviewed journals of recognized quality journals books, and book chapters. Evaluation of publication record will include an assessment of quality and impact on the field as well as quantity. Papers of exceptional length, impact and quality are given particular consideration. 

2“Grants” refers to extramural funding where the role of the faculty member in securing the funding is clearly demonstrated and which are of sufficient magnitude to support research at a level and duration appropriate for the discipline, including, as appropriate funds for supplies, materials and personnel (graduate students, research technicians and/or post-doctoral associates).  - “Seed Grants” are extramural grants that are not of sufficient magnitude to fully support doctoral students or are intramural grants.  "Seed Grants" should be designed to lead to successful applications for “Grants.” Grantsmanship should be commensurate with the field of research with the recognition that the dollar amount of awards varies among fields.

3Performance refers to public creative activity subject to critical review. Evaluation of performance creative activity record will include an assessment of quality as well as quantity.

4Recognitions from scientific, artistic and scholarly societies include, for example, election to office, editorial board membership, editorship, etc. Service to federal/state institutions includes service on federal proposal panels, site visits, and other research related activities.