Economics and Business Department Statement on Scholarship

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

The Department of Economics and Business believes that professional development and scholarship for faculties in three of the four disciplines (accounting, management, management information systems) consists of three developmental areas. These areas are:
a. Transition to Academe/Professional Activity
b. The Scholarship of Teaching
c. Professional Enrichment

The department believes that the scholarship of teaching reflects the value that is placed on teaching excellence and commitment to undergraduate education. However, faculty can be engaged in other forms of scholarship such as the scholarship of application, integration, and discovery. In fact, the faculties that teach in the field of Economics are more often involved in these other forms of scholarship. The diversity of department scholarship should be reflected in a faculty member’s scholarship plan.

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

The March 3, 2001 department document identified the following areas of peer-reviewed work:
External peer view (e.g. blind review)
Expertise acknowledged by peers and/or organizations
Grant applications funded
New and on-going certification through professional associations

Examples of each types of peer review include:
Acceptance of a paper for conference presentation. Peer-panel screens
papers for presentation.
An invited presentation at a professional association or organization.
A competitive grant submitted and funded.
Completion of an industry certification awarded by a recognized national
or international organization.

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

Discuss with colleagues the learning generated from the scholarly activities that can be transferred to their classrooms.
Set goals with each colleague on the scholarly activities for each
academic year.
Provide resources to colleagues to support their scholarly activities.

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

Listed below are the criteria developed in the May 1, 2002, department response. The depth and range of achievement in scholarship are presented first for the accounting, management, and MIS disciplines and then the economics discipline.

PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITY-ACCOUNTING, MANAGEMENT, MIS

Third-Year Review Criteria

1.  Transition to Academe/Professional Activity

a.  The faculty member will continue to develop professional competencies by attending professional conferences, workshops and lectures in the faculty member’s discipline.

b.  The faculty member will work to develop an understanding of effective teaching by attending teaching conferences, workshops, and lectures. 

c.  The faculty member must show a record of membership in professional organizations in the faculty member’s discipline.

2.  Scholarship

a.  The faculty member will work with the department head and colleagues to develop a scholarship plan focused on the scholarship of teaching.  The plan will be developed in consultation with the Dean’s Office.

b.  As part of a scholarship plan the faculty member may begin preparation to earn an additional industry certification distinct from the certification that satisfied the person’s initial hiring credentials.

3.  Professional Enrichment

a.  The faculty member will attend conferences, workshops, and lectures approved by accrediting agencies.

b.  The faculty member will work with the department head and colleagues to investigate the development of an industry practicum in a faculty member’s field.

Professional Development Criteria at Tenure

The plan developed at the third-year review stage by the faculty member and department head will identify scholarship activities that apply to the tenure decision. 

1.  Transition to Academe/Professional Activity

a.  The faculty member must demonstrate a record of attendance at professional conferences, workshops and lectures in the faculty member’s discipline.

b.  The faculty member must demonstrate a record of attendance at teaching conferences, workshops, and lectures.

c.  The faculty member must show a record of membership in professional organizations in the faculty member’s discipline.

2.  Scholarship

a.  The faculty member must show evidence of a well-developed plan focused on the scholarship of teaching.  This plan should be consistent with goals established at the third-year review stage.

b.  The faculty member must show evidence of the scholarship of teaching.  Evidence includes presentation(s) of a scholarly paper(s) at a professional conference or publication(s)  in the faculty member’s discipline.

3.  Professional Enrichment

a.  The faculty member must maintain professional credentials by attending conferences, workshops, and lectures provided by accrediting agencies in their field of expertise.

b.  If obtaining additional professional certifications are part of the faculty member’s development plan the faculty member must show progress towards obtaining the certification.

c.  If an industry practicum is part of a faculty member’s development plan the faculty member must show evidence of progress towards completion of that plan.

Professional Development Criteria for Promotion to Full Professor

Promotion to Full Professor requires evidence of a) professional activity, b) scholarship, and c) professional enrichment that goes beyond the standards required for tenure and promotion to associate professor.   Professional activity in each of these categories can be achieved in a number of ways.  The department believes senior faculty should be held to a standard that recognizes commitment to continued scholarship and professional competence. 

1.  Professional Activity

a.  The faculty member must demonstrate a record of attendance at professional conferences, workshops and lectures in the faculty member’s discipline.

b.  The faculty member can show evidence of a high standard of professional activity by serving in a leadership role in one’s discipline at state, regional, and national conferences.

c.  The faculty member can show evidence of a high standard of professional activity by chairing a track at a professional conference.

d.  The faculty member can show evidence of a high standard of professional activity by obtaining grant(s) that support their professional competencies or support effective teaching.

e.  The faculty member can show evidence of a high standard of professional activity by serving as an invited external program reviewer.

2.  Scholarship

a.  The faculty member must show evidence of the scholarship of teaching that has occurred since tenure.  The scholarship of teaching includes presentation of scholarly papers at a professional conference or publications in the faculty member’s discipline.

b.  The faculty member can also show evidence of scholarship by:

     *publishing reviews of books or reviewing articles for publication.

     *presenting student/faculty collaborative cases at professional conferences.

     *serving as an invited lecturer or discussant at a professional conference.

     *reviewing competitive papers for presentation at state, regional, or national conferences.

3.  Professional Enrichment

a.  The faculty member can show evidence of professional enrichment at the full professor rank through:

     1.  a demonstrated record of attendance at conferences, workshops and lectures that supports their professional certifications.

     2.  the completion of new professional certifications that are nationally or internationally recognized.

     3.  completion of an industry practicum(s) that supports their professional competencies and effective teaching.

PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITY-ECONOMICS

Section 404.1.2: Professional Activity

a) Ability to relate scholarship, research, and creative activity to effective teaching.

b) Excellence and extent of public professional activity (publications, lectures, performances, exhibitions, leadership in professional organizations, etc.), other evidence of research, scholarship, and creative activity.

Third-Year Review Criteria

1. Professional Enrichment

a. The faculty member will continue to develop professional competencies by attending professional conferences, workshops, and lectures in the faculty member’s discipline.

b. The faculty member must show a record of membership in professional organizations.

2. Scholarship

a. The faculty member will work with the department head and colleagues to develop a scholarship plan. The plan will be developed in consultation with the Dean’s Office.

b. The faculty member must show evidence of peer-reviewed scholarship by presentation or publication of dissertation findings or other peer-reviewed research at conferences.

Professional Development Criteria at Tenure

1. Professional Enrichment

a. The faculty member will continue to develop professional competencies by attending professional conferences, workshops, and lectures in the faculty member’s discipline(s).

b. The faculty member must show a record of membership in professional organizations.

2. Scholarship

The third-year review plan developed by the faculty member and department head in consultation with the Dean’s Office will provide guidance in identifying scholarship activities that apply to the tenure decision.

The faculty member must show evidence of peer-reviewed scholarship since the third-year review. This would include continued evidence of scholarship by presentation or publication at peer reviewed conferences or scholarly publications.

Professional Development Criteria for Promotion to Full Professor

1. Professional Enrichment

a. The faculty member must show a record of attendance at professional conferences, workshops and lectures at teaching conferences in the faculty member’s disciplines.

b. The faculty member can show evidence of a high standard of professional activity by serving in a leadership role in one’s discipline conferences.

c. The faculty member can show evidence of a high standard of professional activity by chairing a track at a professional conference.

d. The faculty member can show evidence of a high standard of professional activity by obtaining grant proposals that support their disciplines or support teaching excellence.

e. The faculty member can show evidence of a high standard of professional activity by serving as an invited external program reviewer.

2. Scholarship

a. The faculty member must show evidence of peer-reviewed scholarship since tenure, by presentation at state, regional or national professional conferences or publication in the faculty member’s discipline or related fields.

b. The faculty member can also show evidence of scholarship by:

     *publishing reviews of books or reviewing articles for publication.

     *presenting student/faculty collaborative results at conferences.

     *serving as invited lecturer or discussant at a professional conference.

     *reviewing competitive papers for presentation at conferences.

     *reviewing books or referred articles.

                                                                                                    (August 2012)