Economics, Accounting and Management Department - Economics Statement on Scholarship

Economics Program Statement on Scholarship (August 2012)

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

The Department of Economics, Accounting and Management 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 international organization.

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

  • Discussions with colleagues about the learning generated from the scholarly activities that can be transferred to their classrooms.
  • Setting goals with each colleague on the scholarly activities for each academic year.
  • Providing 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 for the economics discipline.

Professional Activity-Economics

Section 404.1.2: Professional Activity

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

  • Professional Enrichment
    • The faculty member will continue to develop professional competencies by attending professional conferences, workshops, and lectures in the faculty member’s discipline.
    • The faculty member must show a record of membership in professional organizations.
  • Scholarship
    • 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.
    • 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

  • Professional Enrichment
    • The faculty member will continue to develop professional competencies by attending professional conferences, workshops, and lectures in the faculty member’s discipline(s).
    • The faculty member must show a record of membership in professional organizations.
  • 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

  • Professional Enrichment
    • The faculty member must show a record of attendance at professional conferences, workshops and lectures at teaching conferences in the faculty member’s disciplines.
    • The faculty member can show evidence of a high standard of professional activity by serving in a leadership role in one’s discipline conferences.
    • The faculty member can show evidence of a high standard of professional activity by chairing a track at a professional conference.
    • 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.
    • The faculty member can show evidence of a high standard of professional activity by serving as an invited external program reviewer.
  • Scholarship
    • 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.
    • 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)