Sociology Department Statement on Scholarship

1. What forms of scholarship define the work of those in your department at their best?

Professional publications
Community applications of research
Mentoring of students and student research (ISA, NCUR, MSS, etc.)

2. What forms of peer review – including those beyond the Luther campus – are appropriate for that work?

Peer-reviewed journals, peer-reviewed presentations, and invitations to present

3. How can you encourage and enable your colleagues to see that such work bears fruit in their teaching?

We interpret this to be “what types of things can enhance the intellectual life of the college” as well as what types of things can enhance our teaching. Although we think little of this goes on here, we can envision campus presentations(such as the WS brown bag series) in which colleagues engage in critical dialogue of research, faculty colloquiums, faculty mentoring, and forums or workshops on enhancing the intellectual life of the college.

4. What depth and range of achievement in scholarship at the third year, tenure review, and application for full professor should distinguish the work of Luther faculty?

Third-year review: publication and professional presentation of one’s work, research projects in progress, professional association membership and activities, deliberate efforts to relate research to teaching
Tenure review: publications which are peer-reviewed, some of which are nationally produced, presentations at professional meetings, well established areas of research, regular participation in professional meetings, successfully relating research to teaching
Promotion to full professor: well established record of publication and presentation, vigorous program of research, typically with some outside support, leadership in professional associations (officer, board member, committee member, etc.), recognition of one’s contributions to the field/subfield in the discipline by colleagues (invitations, awards, etc.), relating research to teaching and modeling good scholarship

5. What distinctive forms of scholarship can thrive at a liberal arts college of the church?

We think self-reflections of, as well as research on, the liberal arts, on faith and learning, and the role of religion in education and society are appropriate here. Further, we think this relationship should go both ways, i.e., not only does the church play a role in education (or guide education here), but that education (this college) should provide/give feedback to the church. How does the scholarship of the college influence/get back to the church?

(Spring 2002)