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Scholarly Activities

Scholarly actives are defined by activities that are appropriate for faculty engagement other than stated above. Faculty members are expected to hold membership in professional societies, and engage in activities that enhance their professional competency.  Merit of Scholarship in this area will be determined by a number of factors including:

A: Lectures and/or invitations to present

  • Weighted according to the stature of the event and sponsor (international/national/regional/local)
  • Audience (academic or professional)
  • Nature of participation (Keynote speaker, breakout, delivering a paper or presentation, workshop, guest speaker, panel discussion, portfolio presentation, etc.)
  • Fellow participants, reputations
  • Other key indicators that define the merit of the presentation.

B: Curation, juries, editorial, and/or advisory boards

  • Weighted according to the stature of the organization, event and/or sponsor (international/national/regional/local)
  • Audience (academic or professional)
  • Nature of participation
  • Nature of the work being adjudicated or collected (undergraduate, graduate, academic, or professional)
  • Fellow participants, reputations
  • Other key indicators that define the merit of participation.
  • Standards for the Evaluation of Scholarship and Research:

All faculty of the School are expected to seek excellence in scholarly activity. Indicators on which the assessment of the quality of scholarly activity is based are provided in Table I.

Indicators of the quality of a faculty member's creative activity and research record include the quality and quantity of commissioned work, adjudicated exhibitions, 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 and creative activity that reflect their disciplinary focus and the attributes of an individual faculty member's scholarly activity will vary across disciplines.

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

Within this context, during annual reappointment reviews, each faculty member who will seek tenure and promotion is obligated to provide evidence supporting his/her scholarly record. This obligation will be met by providing specific information about the significance of the individual faculty members’ endeavors and contributions, and their resulting impact. 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 expectation for a successful tenure decision.

Table 1. Kent campus faculty: Evaluation Components for Assessment of Creative Endeavor, and Scholarship for promotion and tenure.

Scholarship

Definition

Accomplishments Corresponding to the Assessment Scores

Excellent

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

Demonstrated record of commissions, publications, grants, adjudicated exhibitions, installations, presentations, research-related service to federal/state organizations, awards, recognition from artistic and/or professional societies

Very Good

Emerging nationally recognized body of creative activity and/or research program

 

 

 

 

Demonstrated record of commissions, publications, grants, adjudicated exhibitions, installations, and presentations at well-recognized meetings or venues

Good

Active body of creative activity and/or research program

 

 

Some commissions, publications, grants, adjudicated exhibitions, installations or presentations at meetings/seminars

Fair

Limited body of creative activity and/or research program

 

Occasional commissions, publications, exhibitions, installations or meeting presentations

Poor

No body of creative activity and/or research program

No commissions, publications, exhibitions, installations or meeting presentations