Scholarship in Health and Physical Education takes many forms due to the diversity of responsibilities assigned faculty members within the HPE Department. All faculty members have coaching and recruiting responsibilities in addition to teaching responsibilities, and thus, the demands of teaching, coaching, and recruiting impact the time available for scholarship. Nevertheless, the need to pursue scholarly activity is essential and enhances one’s professional growth. Outlined below are various categories of scholarship arranged in priority order. Additionally, within each category the items have been arranged in hierarchical order.
Ongoing learning/professional growth
The most rigorous form of peer review is successful placement of research publications in peer-reviewed journals, and hence, this may be the most prestigious form of scholarship, yet least often achieved.
Hopefully, a positive correlation will develop between increased scholarly production and improved student evaluations; this would be a strong motivator. However, the first step is to create an expectation that scholarship is important and valued. The department chair and the senior faculty members play a key role in establishing this expectation. The message needs to be conveyed that scholarship is one form of expressing a commitment to the discipline and that is important for students and colleagues to witness this passion.
Third year review
Promotion to full professor
Student collaboration may be one of the most distinctive forms of scholarship at a college like Luther. The interactive nature of the campus community, the required senior project, and limited research funds, makes this form of scholarship a viable option. Additionally, various members of our department have taught in the Paideia program and this provides a unique opportunity for faculty to challenge themselves at a different level, interact with students outside the major, and participate in the liberal arts experience outside the discipline.
The doctorate degree in the appropriate discipline is considered the terminal degree for individuals teaching in the Department of Health and Physical Education. However, the master’s degree in athletic training will be considered the terminal degree for those individuals teaching in the accredited athletic training curriculum.
Credential requirements associated with promotion for athletic trainers where the master’s degree in athletic training is considered the terminal degree:
Assistant to associate professor: A minimum of fifteen semester hours of post-master’s study in athletic training, exercise physiology, or other related field.
Associate to full professor: Completion of the doctorate in athletic training, physical education, or related field. These minimum credential standards would need to be attained in addition to meeting the scholarship requirements outlined above.