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.
Forms of scholarly, creative, and professional activity expected by tenure and promotion to associate professor include:
*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.
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: