As a liberal arts college affiliated with the Lutheran Church (ELCA), our primary focus is establishing an active environment for undergraduate learning. As part of this tradition, we believe that scholarly activity, broadly defined, is an important component of providing a creative environment that encourages openness to new ideas. Ongoing scholarly activity influences how we teach and can suggest new directions for our curriculum as well as innovative ways of approaching current content. As such, the Mathematics Department believes the most important scholarly activity is that which enhances the undergraduate mathematics experience at Luther College.
To achieve this goal, the Luther Mathematics Department understands that scholarly activity can take many forms other than traditional sources such as publication of an article in a mathematics (or related) journal, publication of a textbook, or presentation of a paper or poster at a regional or national meeting. We recognize that student-faculty collaborative research directly enhances the undergraduate mathematics experience, and projects leading to student presentations are valued on a level equal to that of the above listed traditional sources. In addition, evidence of scholarly activity includes, but is not limited to, course development and revision, journal refereeing, book reviewing, presentation of campus-wide lectures, consulting, seminar presentations, attending conferences or workshops, and completing coursework.
Department members seeking tenure or promotion should exhibit evidence of scholarly activity having the greater mathematical community as an audience. This should be meshed with the primary expectation of excellence in teaching and scholarly collaboration with undergraduates.
(Revised in 2013)