Scholarly/Creative Work

The School’s tenured and tenure-track faculty are expected to be engaged in endeavors that support the School’s mission. It is expected that these activities will lead to presentation and then to publication in quality scholarly or professional venues. Evaluation criteria are listed in Table 2 in the Appendix to this Section of the Handbook.

The quality of the work and the venues are important components in tenure and promotion decisions. Tenure is granted with the expectation that the faculty member will continue to be engaged at the same or a higher level of quality.

Given the School’s professional mission, published journalism of the highest quality qualifies as published research, using standards defined in more detail below.

Publication, for purposes of this document, is used in the broadest sense to include multiplatform distribution to defined audiences in print, web, audio, video, or mobile formats. Considering the proliferation of open-access information and audience-generated content, we anticipate that scholarly/creative activity may be published and evaluated in new ways, such as online or in other digital venues. It is up to the tenure or promotion applicant to assess and document how his or her work is significant in leading professional change. Such documentation must include meaningful peer review conducted in a detached and dispassionate manner.

Generally, the School expects tenure-track faculty to build a body of scholarly, journalistic, and/or creative work that:

a. shows substantial and consistent engagement by exhibiting focused growth that is documented by professional evaluations or assessments.

b. extends to publication or presentation in appropriate professional or academic venues as defined below.

c. engages peer or juried review or other evidence of detached, dispassionate vetting by peers or recognized experts as defined below.

d. creates a positive recognition and reputation for those scholarly and creative endeavors, leading in time to national recognition measured by citations or letters of recognition, invitations to present or publish, awards and honors, or other documented means.

e. aids communities and media organizations in better understanding their roles in a democratic society and/or advances the body of knowledge about the processes, economics, uses, effects, freedoms, and responsibilities of professionals and audiences of journalism and mass communication. The School recognizes the importance of faculty working in and with emerging media and technologies. Such work is essential to the future of media-related businesses and organizations. We also encourage faculty to build partnerships locally, regionally, and nationally.