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