Scholarship is an essential and critical component of University activity. The originality, quality, impact and value of the work must be assessed. To assist this process, the candidate shall submit the names of at least five (5) experts in her/his field who are considered capable of judging the candidate's work. Moreover, the candidate must provide the Ad Hoc RTP Committee with ample descriptive evidence of his/her scholarly activity.  A faculty member's specific area of specialization may be a factor in the number and size of grants received and in the scope and time required for research and the resulting publications. 

In addition to creative activity, research and scholarly publications, other scholarly activities including but not limited to serving on national grant review bodies, presenting at refereed professional meetings, chairing society committees, and presenting papers before learned societies should be considered. These activities complement creative activity, scholarly publications and grant funded research. Faculty members are expected to hold membership in professional societies.  Expected activities include attending and participating in institutes, conferences and seminars; inclusive of the organization of institutes, conferences, seminars, and workshops.

  1. Standards for the Evaluation of Scholarship in Research/Creative Activity

    The School of Theatre and Dance utilizes the following standards for assessing scholarship:

    • Broad knowledge of the field
    • Clarity of goals
    • Implementation of appropriate methods and procedures
    • Effective use of appropriate resources
    • Effective communication and presentation
    • Significance of results and impact on the field

    All faculty of the School are expected to seek excellence in research/creative activity. Assessment indicators are provided in Tables 1A and 1B.

    Indicators of the quality of a faculty member’s research/ creative activity record include the quality and quantity of performances, exhibitions, installations and published work as well as the faculty member’s success in obtaining extramural funds. All faculty members in the School are expected to produce records of scholarship in research/ creative activity that reflect their disciplinary focus. Attributes of an individual faculty member’s scholarly activity may vary across disciplines.

    To achieve “excellent” in the category of research/creative activity at the time a faculty member stands for tenure and promotion, she/he should have established a research and or creative activity program which demonstrates an impact upon his/her discipline.

    Within this context, during annual reappointment reviews, each faculty member who will seek tenure or promotion is obligated to provide evidence supporting his/her record of research/creative activity. This obligation will be met by providing specific information about the significance of performances, exhibitions and installations, article and journal quality and impact, funding history and plans, and description in the faculty member’s supplementary materials of any other evidence of scholarship that the faculty member deems appropriate. In turn, the members of the School’s Ad Hoc RTP Committee and the Director shall evaluate a candidate’s record in light of the School’s expectations for a successful tenure decision.   

  2. Tables

    Table 1A. Reappointment Tenure and Promotion Rubric for Scholarship in Research/Creative Activity




    Accomplishments Corresponding to the Assessment Score


    Nationally/Internationally recognized research program, 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

    Emerging nationally

    recognized research, 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.


    Active research and/or body of creative activity

    Some peer-reviewed

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


    Limited research and/or body of creative activity

    Occasional publications, performances, exhibitions, installations or

    meeting presentations


    No research and/or body of creative activity

    No publications, performances, exhibitions, installations,

    presentations, or grants


    Note: definitions in footnotes below refer to the meaning of “publications,” “grants,” and “recognition” throughout Table 1 A.


    1Publications include: plays, scripts, scores, reviews, articles in peer-reviewed journals of recognized quality books, and book chapters. Evaluation of publication record will include an assessment of quality, length, and quantity and impact on the field..

    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 creative activity subject to critical review. Evaluation of performance creative activity record will include an assessment of quality and quantity. For venue ranking, see Table B.

    Examples: The following are examples of scholarship in research/creative activity in the disciplines of theatre and dance. All should be either juried, reviewed, adjudicated, commissioned, invited or otherwise subject to critical review.”

    (Note: This list is not exhaustive)

    • Basic refereed or invited researched publications- books, articles, plays, scores
    • Professional creative activity- including invited juried exhibitions, paid presentations/performances, services, choreographic, directorial works and design work normally subjected to critical review.
    • Presentation of original work normally subjected to critical review through jury, referee, invitation, or commission.
    • Technical solutions of design problems
    • Research patents
    • Presentations, lecture-demonstrations normally subject to critical review through jury, referee, invitation or commission
    • Conference presentations with national organizations.
    • Editing of journals, books anthologies normally subject to critical review
    • Professional Vocal/ Movement/Acting Coaching – inclusive of voice/dialect coaching and fight coaching.
    • Restaging or recreating original work for productions outside the University
    • Dramaturgical work for professional companies
    • Creative works with digital technologies
    • Pedagogical research and publication in refereed publications
    • Development of new techniques, technologies that advance the profession
    • Producing Professional work for the University
    • Guest Artist Performances for the University
    • Professional consulting work
    • Published technical solutions/drawings
    • Computer applications

    Table 1B Creative Activity Venue Ranking for Guidance in RTP Decisions

    This list is not comprehensive, is meant to serve as examples only and does not represent multi-disciplinary and interdisciplinary research, creative activity, publication and presentation.



    A Venues Highest ranking venues in discipline as measured by impact


    • Tier 1 and Tier 2 Opera Companies
    • National / International  Dance Companies
    • National and International Dance Theatres
    • National and International Festivals (choreography and performance)
    • Broadway/ Off  Broadway
    • Production contracts
    • LORT A, B, C Theatre Companies
    • Feature film / commercial releases

    B Venues Middle tier venues


    • Off-Off Broadway
    • (Regional Opera Companies not Tier 1 or 2)
    • Regional Dance Companies
    • Regional Dance Theatres
    • Regional Festivals (choreography and performance)
    • Professional Regional Theatres (CORST, COST non-LORT or LORTD, URTA contract, SPT or letter of  agreement, LOA, guest artist contract)
    • Independent films/ web series
    • Non- Profit Theatre Companies  (ANCT) agreement
    • Casino/ Cabaret Union contracts
    • Academic Guest artist positions with accredited institutions ( URTA, NASD, NAST)

    C Venues Lower tier venues


    Community Theatres with guest contracts Code showcases

    • Community-based Dance Companies
    • Community-based Dance Theatres
    • Community Festivals (choreography and performance)
    • Academic Guest artist positions  with  non-accredited institutions
    • Volunteer design work