Tenure and Promotion to Associate Professor

For Tenure and Promotion to Associate Professor, it is expected the candidates will continue ongoing engagement in scholarly 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 within the College and professional organizations
  • Creation of new courses and programs
  • Effective use of technology to support teaching, where appropriate

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 a completed manuscript and a contract-in-hand by a nationally recognized press, or its equivalent, OR
  • In the probationary period, 5 single-authored, substantial articles in refereed journals (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; reports from theatre festivals; play and book reviews; educational web portals, digital venues, CD-ROMs; contributions to and editorial positions for special issues of professional journals; contributions to encyclopedias, anthologies.
  • Conference presentations, papers, round tables, invited lectures, panels, etc.
  • Leadership positions in professional organizations.

Creative Work

  • Adaptations, plays and translations. They may either be produced or published. If produced, numerous productions with paid professional theatres and groups or in paid professional venues nationally known for high artistic quality.

Activities that will augment the case for creative accomplishment include:

  • Professional activities in the field of dramaturgy, including production dramaturgy for professional theatre and film, theatre and film reviews, literary office work (artistic direction) for professional theatres and film companies.
  • Creative work might involve media other than the written word (e.g., dramatic performance, direction and/or electronic publishing).

7.3 Service

  • Membership in and affiliation with institutions and professional organizations such as Literary Managers and Dramaturges of the Americas, Theatre Communication Group, Association for Theatre in Higher Education, American Society for Theatre Research, etc.

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 stated above, 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.