Music Department Statement on Scholarship

Forms of Scholarly, Creative and Professional Activity

Expected by the Department of Music

adopted April 11, 2013

The music department believes strongly that scholarship and professional activity enhance teaching.  While music faculty members are encouraged to maintain an active professional life for the duration of their careers, expectations and opportunities vary among discipline areas within the department, and interests and abilities may change over time.

The three levels of professional activity outlined below deliberately suggest broad categories of scholarly and creative endeavor.  The list is not exhaustive, the various activities are not listed in order of priority, nor do they follow a particular trajectory.

Many of the scholarly and creative activities in the scholarship statement imply peer review.  Performance and conducting opportunities are limited, highly competitive, and many require auditions.  Likewise, most publications, commissions, grants, and broadcasts are competitive and judged by peers.  Invitations to conduct, perform, present, lead workshops, give master classes, and teach in summer programs are extended based on reputation and expertise, and are therefore also a form of peer review.

Level I

Forms of scholarly, creative, and professional activity expected by third-year review include:

1.  Completion of the terminal degree  (“Unless otherwise specified at initial appointment, faculty appointed in a tenure-line position must have completed the recognized terminal degree in the appropriate field prior to the beginning of their third year in that tenure-line position.”  2012-13 Luther College Faculty Handbook, 403.2)

2.  Evidence of ongoing learning through attendance of professional meetings, workshops, lectures and performances in one’s discipline

3.  Based on discipline area, representative activity from the following:

            a)  Applied Faculty and Conducting Faculty (typically implies a DMA or DM degree):

presentation of on and off campus performances, lectures, master classes, workshops, festivals, clinics; adjudication; may also include additional activity listed in 2.b)

            b)  Musicology, Music Theory, Composition, Music Education Faculty (typically implies a Ph.D. degree):

publication of articles, books; presentation at professional music organization gatherings, performances of original compositions or transcriptions; publication of compositions; may also include additional activity listed in 2.a)

4)  Formulating a plan for reaching Level II

            ·through the annual faculty self-evaluation form

            ·in consultation with area and/or department head(s)

Level II

Forms of scholarly, creative, and professional activity expected by tenure and promotion include:

1.  Evidence of ongoing learning through attendance of professional meetings, conferences, workshops, lectures and performances in one’s discipline; possible continuing education or acquisition of new skills in a related field

2.  Based on discipline area, representative activity from the following:

            a)  Applied Faculty and Conducting Faculty (typically implies a DMA or DM degree):

presentation of on and off campus performances, lectures, master classes, workshops, festivals and clinics; conference appearances; adjudication of regional competitions; suggested at least 1-2* engagements with professional music organizations (such as area orchestras, choral associations, or regional opera companies); development of teaching materials, including new course resources; may also include additional activity listed in 2.b)

            b)  Musicology, Music Theory, Composition, Music Education Faculty (typically implies a Ph.D. degree):

publication of reviews, articles, books, compositions or arrangements; compositions, including composition for college ceremonial occasions or regional professional meetings; recordings; presentation at professional music organization gatherings; professional consultation; development of teaching materials, including new course resources; may also include additional activity listed in 2.a)

3)  Formulating a plan for reaching Level III

            ·through the faculty self-evaluation form

            ·in consultation with area and/or department head(s)

*Guidelines for the suggested number of performances prior to tenure (Level II) refer to the accumulated, rather than annual, number of engagements.  A performance engagement implies a specific opera production, recital or concert program, etc., regardless of the number of performances associated with that one engagement.

Level III

A sustained history of scholarly, creative, and professional activity, both on and off campus, is expected for promotion to the rank of full professor.  Continued activity after achieving a tenured appointment should include:

1.  Evidence of ongoing learning through attendance of professional meetings, conferences, workshops, lectures and performances in one’s discipline; possible continuing education or acquisition of new skills in a related field

2.  In addition to continued on-campus performances and/or presentations,

faculty will be evaluated in part based on the quality and extent of the following:

            a) Applied Faculty and Conducting Faculty (typically implies a DMA or DM degree):

presentation of recitals, lectures, master classes, workshops, festivals, and clinics at other educational institutions, art centers, on a concert series, at national/international conferences, or on public radio, television, or internet; performances with professional music organizations (such as regional orchestras, choral associations, or opera companies); recordings; adjudication of regional competitions; presentation of scholarly research at national/international conferences; serving as an officer in a professional music organization; serving on the editorial/advisory board of a national journal; publication of music editions; development of teaching materials, including new course resources; may also include additional activity listed in 2.b)

            b) Musicology, Music Theory, Composition, Music Education Faculty (typically implies a Ph.D. degree):

publication of reviews, articles, books, music editions; composition of major works leading to off-campus, public performances; presentation of scholarly research at national/international conferences; serving as an officer in a professional music organization; serving on the editorial/advisory board of a national journal; development of teaching materials, including new course resources; may also include additional activity listed in 2.a

                                                                                                (April 2013)