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Outline of Research and Creative Activity

The outline provides examples of research and creative activity in the College of Communication and Fine Arts. It should be considered as a reference only.
For a more detailed description faculty members should consult their individual departmental tenure and promotion documents.

It is the responsibility of each academic unit to articulate the types of scholarly and creative activities that align with the mission of the department or school, college, and university. It is the candidate’s responsibility to demonstrate the quality and significance of his or her work within these parameters.

The faculty review committees at the department, school and college levels assess the record of scholarship with regard to quality, innovation, and contributions to the field.



Department of Architecture

Architecture

Types of Research and Creative Activity

Evidence of Quality, Innovation and Significance

Professional practice and client-initiated projects in design.

Significance of performance; judgment of reviewers and other professionals in the field.

Application of innovative design principles to the solution of real world problems.

Significance of discovery or solution to the field as documented by professionals and peer review.

Articles, books, curatorial work, educational exhibits, presentations or interactive media projects about architectural design and technology. Significance of journal, publication, or venue; judgment of reviewers and other professionals in the field.


Interior Design

Types of Research and Creative Activity

Evidence of Quality, Innovation and Significance

Professional practice and client-initiated projects in interior design.

Significance of performance; judgment of reviewers and other professionals in the field.

Application of innovative interior design principles to the solution of real world problems.

Significance of discovery or solution to the field as documented by professionals and peer review.

Articles, books, curatorial work, educational exhibits, presentations or interactive media projects about interior design and technology

Significance of journal, publication, or venue; judgment of reviewers and other professionals in the field.



Department of Art

Art Education
Studio Art:
Ceramics, Painting, Photography, Printmaking, and Sculpture

Types of Research and Creative Activity

Evidence of Quality, Innovation and Significance

Public exhibitions of work in museums, galleries, alternative spaces, festivals, and other venues; commissioned projects in the studio practice.

Juried and invited exhibitions; critical review or publication of work in a visual art periodical, catalog, or book; awards, grants, or honors; status of exhibition space or venue.

Articles, books, curatorial work, educational exhibits, presentations or interactive media projects about studio practice.

Significance or venue, status of conference (regional, national, etc.); publications, citations, etc.


Art History

Types of Research and Creative Activity

Evidence of Quality, Innovation and Significance

Single-Authored book-length publications.

Significance of publisher and distribution; contribution to the field and significance of subject.

Catalog essays, book entries, reviews and articles.

Significance of journal or publication venue; judgment of reviewers and other professionals in the field.

Curated exhibitions Significance of venue, written reviews; professional and peer evaluations; internal and external grants, awards.
Academic texts Significance of publisher and distribution; contribution to the field and significance of subject.
Professional presentations Significance of venue; publication in conference proceedings; peer evaluations.


Graphic Design

Types of Research and Creative Activity

Evidence of Quality, Innovation and Significance

Professional practice and client-initiated projects in print or digital media; self authored projects in print or digital media.

Publications, awards, grants, honors, inclusion or citation or work in anthologies, articles, etc.; juried design exhibitions, invited design exhibitions.

Articles, books, curatorial work, educational exhibits, presentations or interactive media projects about graphic and communication design.

Publication, awards, grants, honors, on-line publication of work at curated sites; inclusion or citation or work in anthologies, articles, etc.; juried design exhibitions, invited design exhibitions.



Department of Communication

Types of Research and Creative Activity

Evidence of Quality, Innovation and Significance

Scholarly books or articles, papers, professional lectures.

Significance of journal or publication; judgment of reviewers and other professionals; significance of conference; publication in conference proceedings.

Creation and direction of films, video, audio, and other electronic media.

Significance of venue or broadcast outlet; post-broadcast distribution; reviews; grants; honors and awards; festival screenings; invited exhibitions; internal and external funding.

Creation, direction, production of public communication; i.e. political campaign strategies, speech writing, organizational and health communication.

Critical reviews; effectiveness of campaign strategies; critical analysis of the materials produced; internal and external funding.



Department of Journalism

Types of Research and Creative Activity

Evidence of Quality, Innovation and Significance

Publication of refereed journal articles; scholarly books and journalism textbooks; presentations at professional conferences; editing and judging the research of other scholars in refereed journals.

Significance and impact of publication; selection process for refereed journals; recognition and review by recognized scholars in the field.

Community-based scholarship (application of skills and knowledge of journalism and mass communication to community concerns; also called “engaged scholarship").

Significance and impact of research project on community issues; application of research findings to real-world problems; external funding.

Consistent publication in non-refereed sources, such as, major newspaper articles, trade magazines; articles and essays published in professional association pamphlets, newsletters and magazines; electronic publications including television programs, segments, and/or documentaries and mass media Web site development projects.

One or more of the following: consistency of publication or production projects; external peer review; extent of readership; advancement of professional journalism practice.



Scheidt School of Music

Types of Research and Creative Activity

Evidence of Quality, Innovation and Significance

Scholarly research: publication of scholarly articles, chapters, books.

Significance of journal or publication: judgment of reviewers and other professionals.

Scholarly research: publication of editions of music.

Significance of publisher, distribution, judgment of reviewers and other professionals.

Scholarly research: papers, workshops, panels at professional meetings. Significance of the conference, publication in conference proceedings, peer evaluation.
Musical performance Significance of performance (e.g., premiere, exploration of underrepresented repertoires, revival of performance traditions of the past, contribution to cultural life), significance of venue and sponsoring organization, selection criteria, written reviews, peer evaluation.

Recordings and broadcasts (for performers, including conductors)

Significance of performance, significance of recording label or broadcasting organization, extent of distribution, written reviews, peer evaluation.
Recordings (for music industry) Significance of recording label, significance of performers, written reviews, peer evaluation, grants and awards.

Composition

Significance of musical or cultural contribution, significance of performers and venue or recording label, significance of publisher, written reviews, peer evaluation, awards and grants. If recorded, extent of distribution.
Conducting and directing Significance of performance and venue, selection criteria, written reviews, peer evaluations, honors and awards.

Application of professional expertise to the solution of practical problems (especially music industry: recording, sound design, entertainment law, marketing, management).

Significance of discovery or solution to the field, as documented by professional and peer review, and by acceptance of the technique or solution in the industry.



Department of Theatre & Dance

Types of Research and Creative Activity

Evidence of Quality, Innovation and Significance

Stage direction, choreography, and performance

Significance of venue, selection criteria, written reviews; professional and peer evaluations; internal and external grants; honors and awards.

Scenic, lighting, sound, and costume design and technical production.

Significance of venue and selection criteria; written reviews; professional and peer evaluations; internal and external grants; honors and awards.

Scholarly publication of articles, chapters, or books. Significance of journal or publication; judgment of reviewers and other professionals.
Presentation of papers and workshops at professional meetings. Significance of venue; publication in conference proceedings; peer evaluations.
Application of professional expertise to the solution of practical problems. Value and significance of discovery or solution to the field; external evaluation.

Cross-disciplinary activities in scholarship; pedagogy; graphic design; film, video, and audio production; creative writing such as the composition or adaptation of stage scripts.

Value and significance of cross-disciplinary activity; degree of collaborative involvement; publication or presentation of results.

Department of Architecture

Department of Art

Department of Communication

Department of Journalism

Scheidt School of Music

Department of Theatre & Dance



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