Criteria for Tenure and Promotion

Appointments, reappointment and promotions of tenure-track and tenured faculty may be made in recognition of accomplishments: in teaching, scholarship and/or creative activity, and service.

  1. TEACHING. Effective teaching should be a fundamental endeavor of all members of the faculty. As teachers, members of the faculty are responsible for effective instruction, whether at the undergraduate, graduate, postdoctoral, clinical, extension or continuing education level. Teaching includes teaching in the classroom and studio, presenting seminars and directing individual student projects. Members of the faculty in the performing and visual arts are expected to display excellence in all aspects of studio instruction. For theater arts faculty, teaching also includes directing student productions. For music faculty, teaching may also include working with ensembles and master classes given at the various academic units of Rutgers, as well as those presented at other universities and institutions. Effective teachers must demonstrate depth and breadth of knowledge in their discipline, must communicate this knowledge to others, and must give evidence of a continuing development of their knowledge so as to ensure their continued effective teaching over the duration of their appointment. They stay informed of advances and current thinking in their subject and relate them to their teaching in a meaningful and balanced way. Effective teachers communicate enthusiasm for their subject and have a responsibility to create a positive environment for learning and one that stimulates imaginative thinking. They maintain a critical attitude toward their teaching and strive continuously to improve it.
  2. SCHOLARSHIP AND/OR CREATIVE ACTIVITY. Active scholarship should be a fundamental endeavor of all members of the faculty. In the disciplines of art history, theater history and musicology, scholarship includes papers presented before scholarly bodies, books, reviews, chapters in books, scholarly work on exhibitions and other publications. The appointment of a faculty member in the creative or performing arts may permit the primary concentration of his/her efforts on scholarship, on artistic accomplishment, or on a balance between the two that is appropriate both to the artist/scholar’s appointment and to the particular stage of his/her career. For faculty members with such appointments, artistic accomplishment in the fields of literature, music, art, dance, or drama, is most often demonstrated by dissemination of the artist’s work through performance, publication or exhibition in professionally recognized settings, usually outside the University. The artist’s work shall have an intrinsic value equal to scholarship and shall be subject to equally rigorous evaluation. In the visual and performing area, creative activity may include visual art and/or electronic media exhibitions at the regional, national and international level. For theater faculty creative activity may include performances in plays, as well as directing and playwriting activities. In the musical arts, creative activity also includes concerts and recitals before local, regional, national and international audiences, as well as recordings, CDs and media broadcasts. For composers, the production and publication of musical compositions shall define scholarship.
  3. SERVICE. Service includes the contributions a faculty member makes to the academic profession, to the University, and to society at large. Contributions to the advancement of the academic profession are most typically demonstrated by active participation in professional and scholarly associations; by service on editorial boards and as a reviewer of scholarly works and proposals. Contributions to the effective operation of the University at all levels are most typically demonstrated by significant academic and professional service to the department, the discipline, the faculty, the undergraduate colleges, the graduate programs, the campus, or the University as a whole, through such activities as recruitment of scholars to the University, evaluation of peers, contributions as a fellow, contributions to important committees and other activities in support of the academic development of the University and the enhancement of student academic development and student life programs. Contributions to society at large are most typically demonstrated through the application of the faculty member’s academic expertise and particular professional skills to the solution of international, national, state, county and local problems and by service for the public good on governmental and other special committees, boards, agencies, civic groups and commissions.