Criteria for Tenure and Promotion in the Areas of Scholarship and Service

These criteria are an elaboration of the criteria regarding scholarship and service found in clauses 11.19 and 12.12 of the Collective Agreement. Criteria for evaluating effectiveness and scholarly competence as a teacher may be elaborated at a later date following study of teaching evaluation forms and procedures used in other music schools.

Demonstrated record of research, scholarship, or creative and professional activities

These activities may include, but are not limited to:


  1. The publication of books, monographs, and contributions to edited books, including translations, musical editions, and textbooks;
  2. Papers in refereed and non-refereed journals;
  3. Papers and lectures delivered at professional meetings and seminars;
  4. Participation on conference panels;
  5. Editorial and refereeing duties, including broadcast or published reviews of books, concerts, and recordings;
  6. Development of original computer software for music applications;
  7. Development of original pedagogical materials, including software;
  8. Current work in progress, both supported and non-supported.


  1. Solo and chamber music recitals, as well as lecture recitals, including performances on the School of Music Faculty Recital Series;
  2. Performances as soloist with orchestra or other ensemble;
  3. Solo roles in opera, music theatre, or other multi-media performances;
  4. Performances as a member of a group, such as an orchestra, band, or opera company;
  5. Performances as conductor of an ensemble. School of Music student ensemble performances conducted by the candidate will normally be considered part of the assigned teaching load. These performances may be taken into account in determining the quality of a conductor's work, but will not be included in determining the quantity of performance activity in this category;
  6. Performances involving more than one ensemble (such as orchestra and chorus) for which the candidate rehearsed and prepared one of the ensembles, but did not conduct the performance. Performances involving student ensembles will be evaluated as outli ned in II.5 above;
  7. Performances broadcast on radio or television;
  8. Performances on recordings (CDs, cassettes, etc.);
  9. Editorial and refereeing duties, including service on jury panels for arts grant competitions and for national or international competitions at the professional level in performance and conducting.


  1. Composition of original works and/or arrangements for publication or performance;
  2. Performances and broadcasts of original compositions and/or arrangements;
  3. Publication and/or recordings (CD, cassette, etc.) of original compositions and/or arrangements;
  4. Lectures and presentations on the candidate's compositions at conferences and seminars;
  5. Editorial and refereeing duties, including service on jury panels for arts grant competitions and for national or international competitions in composition.

The committee will also consider the candidate's scholarship as evidenced by his/her depth and breadth of knowledge and general contribution to the research life and creative milieu of the university.

In evaluating the activities listed above, the committee will consider both the quantity and the quality of the candidate's work. The collective agreement states that the "quality and originality of a reasonable sampling of both published and unpublished work shall be considered" (11.19 and 12.12). Accordingly, the committee shall review and assess carefully the samples of the candidate's work submitted in the promotion or tenure file. In assessing the quality of a candidate's work, the committee will also consider secondary evidence such as, but not limited to:

  1. Awards, grants, and commissions received by the candidate, including awards won by School of Music student ensembles conducted by the candidate;
  2. Quality and prestige of the publisher, journal, conference, recording label, broadcast network, concert series or venue, production, performing organization, or sponsor;
  3. Reviews of the candidate's work, including reviews of School of Music student ensemble performances conducted by the candidate;
  4. Variety, amount, and difficulty of repertoire performed;
  5. In the case of performance in an ensemble, the nature and quality of the ensemble, in addition to the nature and quality of the candidate's contribution.

Secondary evidence will normally support the committee's evaluation, but will not substitute for the committee's own judgement of the quality of the candidate's submitted work. For promotion to full professor, in accordance with Clauses 12.08 to 12.11 of the Collective Agreement, the file shall include letters of reference from competent and recognized scholars in the relevant discipline external to the University.

A candidate may be active in only one or in more than one of areas I, II, and III above. The same standards of quality shall normally apply regardless of whether the work is in the candidate's primary area of expertise or in a secondary field.

The candidate may also present evidence of professional development and growth through such activities as attendance at conferences and concerts (national and international); attendance at or participation in masterclasses and workshops; and completion of a doctorate or other advanced course of study. These activities by themselves will not be sufficient for promotion or tenure, but may support other evidence of the quality of the candidate's scholarly, creative, or professional work. However, performances, research, or other scholarly or creative work accomplished by the candidate in the course of doctoral study or other professional development activity will be evaluated in the same manner as other scholarly or creative work of the same type, quantity and quality. The committee shall take care to distinguish between work completed before the date of appointment or last promotion and that accomplished after that date. For example, in the absence of other substantial scholarly accomplishment, completion of a doctorate that was near completion at the time of appointment will not by itself constitute an adequate record of scholarly and creative work for the granting of tenure.

Activities such as the presentation of masterclasses and school workshops will normally be considered under the categories of teaching or academic and community service. However, a candidate with a strong research record in pedagogy may cite these activities as secondary evidence of scholarship if they are an important means of disseminating the candidate's original work.

A candidate may cite invitations to perform duties such as adjudication at music festivals, examining for conservatories, consulting work, and masterclasses and workshops for school-age students, as evidence of the respect of the musical community for the candidate's professional competence. However, the committee will evaluate the level and quality of these items with care, and will not automatically interpret such activities as evidence of professional quality. These activities shall not serve as substitutes for research or scholarly, creative, or professional work as listed under I, II, and III above.

Demonstrated record of academic service

Service includes, but is not limited to:

I) Participating in University and School of Music committees;

II) Service in professional organizations and associations, for example, through holding office on executive boards and committees;

III) General administrative duties;

IV) Community service, where the individual has made a contribution by virtue of special academic competence. Community service includes, but is not limited to:

  1. Adjudication of music festivals and similar competitions;
  2. Service as an examiner for music conservatories;
  3. Presentation of masterclasses and school workshops or clinics;
  4. Service as an instructor or clinician at summer music camps;
  5. Presentation of general interest lectures at colloquia or for community groups;
  6. Service as a consultant (for example, to the Department of Education, music festivals, and the music industry).
  7. The nature and quality of the candidate's participation in the above activities will be assessed by the committee. The candidate is expected to have made a positive contribution; presence on committees and boards without active participation will not constitute a satisfactory record of academic service.

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