Tenure and Promotion to Associate Professor

For Tenure and Promotion to Associate Professor, it is expected the candidate will continue ongoing engagement in professional and/or creative work outside of Emerson College, and achieve national prominence and excellence in their field. In addition to criteria outlined in Section 7 of the Faculty Handbook, some of the following documentation should be in evidence in the dossier.

7.1 Teaching

  • Participation in pedagogically-oriented seminars and workshops
  • Creation of new courses and programs
  • Effective use of technology to support teaching, where appropriate
  • Course syllabi should demonstrate revisions and additions to address the changing needs of students, as well as incorporate the results of the candidate’s ongoing research/professional experiences and the integration of this research/experience into course requirements
    • Course expectations noted in the syllabi should demonstrate a commitment to academic quality
    • Assignments to students in courses will be rigorous and relevant to the goals and expected learning outcomes of the course

7.2 Scholarship and Creative/Professional Work

The candidate may excel in Scholarship and Creative/Professional work or in Scholarship or Creative/Professional work. If the candidate works in both areas, expectations for the volume of accomplishment must be adjusted accordingly.


  • A book published or completed manuscript and a contract-in-hand by a nationally recognized press, OR
  • In the probationary period, 5 single-authored, substantial articles in recognized journals in the field of theatre education (with which the faculty member doesn’t serve in any editorial capacity, other than as an occasional reader of “blind” submissions). Essays published as chapters in books/anthologies edited by scholars recognized in one’s field or in nationally recognized journals and forming part of a single coherent project are also equivalent.

Activities that will augment the case for scholarly accomplishment include:

  • Additional publications, such as interviews with directors, playwrights, performers, teachers; reports from theatre festivals; contributions to encyclopedias, anthologies, etc.
  • Other evidence of advancing the field of theatre education in the country.
  • Conference presentations, papers, round tables, invited lectures, panels, workshops, etc.

Creative Work

  • Adaptations, plays and translations, written for educational purposes, or for professional theatre production. They should be published and produced with paid professional theatres and groups or in paid professional venues nationally known for high artistic quality or for their educational programming.
  • Directing productions for young audiences with paid professional theatres or in paid professional venues known for high artistic quality (theatres and organizations that engage members from the major trade unions – AEA, AFTRA, SGA, SSDC, USA, USITT, AGVA, AGMA etc. are preferred). Directing work should have evidence of review by local and national media along with published criticism and scholarship about productions directed by the candidate.
  • Directing youth theatre work at reputable companies known for the high quality and value of theatre education.

Activities that will augment the case for creative accomplishment include:

  • Evidence of creatively advancing the field of Theatre Education on a national level.
  • Creative work might involve media other than the written word (e.g., dramatic performance, direction and/or electronic publishing).
  • Development of projects and programs with the local schools and community organizations.
  • Prizes, awards, fellowships or other recognitions for playwriting, direction, or dramaturgy: including production dramaturgy for professional theatres, theatre reviews, literary office work (artistic direction) at professional theatres with either national stature or with a record in educational theatre.
  • Upon request and in special cases, the faculty member may request that the Chair arrange for an outside review for creative work produced by Emerson Stage, for inclusion in the candidate’s dossier. Such work, however, cannot substitute for productions for paid professional theatre companies but can serve to augment the dossier.

7.3 Service

  • Membership in professional organizations such as the American Alliance for Theatre and Education and ASSITEJ/USA, ITYARN (International Theatre for Young Audiences Research Network), and EdTA (Educational Theatre Association).

For Promotion to Full Professor

7.2 Scholarship and Creative/Professional Work

  • All work produced by the candidate during his/her academic/professional career should be considered, with emphasis on continued productivity.
  • Evidence of continued engagement and excellence in Scholarship OR Creative/Professional Accomplishment or Scholarship AND Creative/Professional Accomplishment as appropriate, with gained national recognition through having obtained awards, fellowships and/or favorable reviews for the work published and/or produced. The candidate will have produced a significant body of work that is published and/or if creative, written about by theatre critics and/or important scholars in his/her field.
  • Demonstrated national and/or international recognition through published and/or produced work, national and international conference papers, presentations and/or workshops.