Personnel recommendations are based on the quality of teaching, scholarly and creative activity, service, and professional development, in accordance with the respective faculty role statement.
A. Teaching is central to the Music disciplines; faculty members are expected to maintain high standards of knowledge and performance. Because students in most undergraduate Music courses are required to develop performance and academic skills, it is especially important for the Music faculty to model high professional standards as performers, researchers and academicians. Evaluation of instructional proficiency will be based on multiple measures, which include peer observations of teaching; review of syllabi and other instructional materials; review of assessment data and examples of students’ work; and student evaluations. Depending on individual role statements and departmental expectations, teaching may also involve additional or variant expectations that differ from traditional classroom, supervisory, and committee service roles. These may involve collaborations with community partner institutions and organizations as delineated in role statements. The following is an illustrative but not necessarily exhaustive list of relevant professional activities:*
a. Classroom instruction including:
i. lecture-content including organization, clarity and staying current in their discipline;
ii. performance as trainer-critic of student assignments;
iii. effective and respectful interaction with students.
iv. clear, detailed, well-organized, and complete syllabi.
b. Extra-classroom instruction including:
i. counseling and advising;
ii. directing recitals, performances, theses and independent studies
c. Activities beyond typical teaching expectations are listed below in approximate level of significance.
i. development of a new course
ii. contribution to curricular revision
iii. revision of an existing course
iv. a teaching award outside the University
v. instructional activities outside university regular teaching at other important organizations (Universities, established festivals, professional conferences). These may include master classes, lectures, workshops, summer instruction, etc. (note: when such activity presents a significant performance component, such component may be listed under Scholarly and Creative Activity areas)
vi. campus teaching awards
vii. master classes, lectures, workshops at local or regional institutions
viii. student accomplishments such as awards and competition results, placement in professional organizations.
B. Creative and scholarly activities (tenure-track faculty)/professional development activities (non-tenure track faculty). As illustrated below, appropriate research for a tenure-track faculty member in Music includes that which leads to creative performance activities and/or professional papers and publications. Further, extensive efforts in one area of research may preclude a more extensive effort in another area. For example, practice and rehearsal leading to creative performance activities may be expected to diminish research that leads to written publications; likewise, an emphasis on publication may diminish research leading to creative performance activities. It is understood that the amount and type of research that is encouraged by our department will vary with the expectations tied to the position at the time of hiring, the evolving needs of our students and academic programs and the unique interests and abilities of the instructor. Typically, most of the activities of a particular faculty member would concentrate in one of the areas, as listed below. The following examples of scholarly and creative activities are listed below in their approximate order of importance within each area of concentration.
(a) Book or musical composition with an established publisher
(b) A recording produced by an established organization (such as CD or multimedia production)
(c) Editorial work leading to publication
(d) Article or essay-length review in a refereed professional journal of national or international scope
(e) Chapter in an edited volume
(f) Software development and publication
(g) Article in magazine, trade or pedagogical journal, or in the popular press. (Pedagogical articles may alternatively be included in the teaching activity)
(h) Book or music review
(i) Book or other major work under contract in progress
2. Scholarly activities
(a) Award, fellowship or grant of national or international significance.
(b) Presentation of research paper at national or international meeting
(c) Award or grant of regional significance
(d) Presentation of research paper at regional meeting
(e) Award or grant of local significance
(f) Report of research in progress
(a) Commission or prize of national or international significance.
(b) Performance by major musical organization, chamber music ensemble, or soloist.
(c) Commission or prize of regional significance.
(d) Performance at another university or by an established regional ensemble.
(e) Commission or prize of local significance.
(f) Performance in local area.
(g) Grant activities in support of composition.
4. Conducting/Directing. (Note: Regularly scheduled concerts of university ensembles are considered part of the teaching load and shall be evaluated as teaching.)
(a) Conducting/directing a musical organization, ensemble, or company of national/international importance.
(b) Conducting/directing a musical organization, ensemble, or company of regional importance.
(c) Peer-selected performances of university ensembles at national, regional, and state conferences.
(d) Performances at other universities.
(e) Regional performances.
(f) Local performances.
(g) Grant activities in support of conducting/directing.
(a) Solo or chamber performances of national or international significance.
(b) Performances with a nationally/internationally recognized musical organization, chamber ensemble, or soloist.
(c) Performances in significant venues outside the region.
(d) Commissioning new works.
(e) Performances at other universities.
(f) Regional performances.
(g) Local performances.
(h) Grant activities in support of performance.
(i) Entrepreneurial ventures that are focused on teaching or are an extension of research/creative activity may also be considered under the appropriate heading above.
C. Service. Appropriate professional/disciplinary service includes activities at the department, college, university, and community levels. However, it is understood that extensive service at one or more of these levels may preclude active service at other levels.
1. Department of Music, College and University Service.
(a) Department Chair
(b) Committee Chair
(c) Committee member
(d) Administrative service for the Department of Music
(e) Support of colleagues in their activities
2. Other activities (the significance will directly relate to the scope of activities: i.e. international, national, regional, or local and the prestige of the organization)
(a) membership and active participation in professional organizations, including office held and service on committees.
(b) peer reviewing (books, articles, performances, external tenure applications, etc.)
(c) service to organizations, institutions, and the like, in which the candidate uses his/her professional expertise.
(d) service to industry, e.g., training, workshops, consulting
(e) Participation in community affairs as a University representative
(f) Adjudication at competitions or on audition panels (besides those directly related to the Department of Music)
* the list above is inspired, influenced, and in many ways replicates by music bylaws from University of Colorado – Boulder.