Scholarly achievement is a matter of contribution to the knowledge of language, literature, film, folklore, rhetoric and composition and educational studies together with enabling activities such as editing and criticism. Value is judged by the scholar’s peers. Criteria for assessing value shall include originality, significance, erudition, clarity, persuasiveness, and cogency.
In most instances, published books, journal articles, review essays, and book notes are evidence of scholarship. Oral presentations before professional groups at SUCB, or elsewhere constitute evidence of scholarship, but a manuscript of the oral presentation should be available for review by personnel committees. However, the mere fact of publication or the mere existence of a manuscript shall not solely influence or even subvert judgments as to the originality, significance, erudition, etc., of the scholarly activity. Because of the difficulty of receiving prompt review from scholarly journals, unpublished manuscripts shall constitute evidence of scholarship when in the view of personnel committees such manuscripts demonstrate originality, significance, etc. Also, since works in progress may not meet personnel renewal deadlines, subjecting a scholar to such arbitrariness undermines the conditions and atmosphere which true scholarship requires. In sum, the faculty member should be judged by his peers first of all on the originality, significance, etc. of the scholarly material he presents for review, regardless of whether it exists as a publication or as a manuscript.
Creative writing and translation are authentic and valued activities in the English Department. Given appropriate tests of judgment and publication or performance, they represent alternatives to the traditional notion of scholarly activity listed above.
Finally, a college should be concerned for its sense of itself as a community of scholarship and creativity, and recognition should be given to those who foster it. While they are not tested achievements several undertakings are acts on behalf of scholarship and invaluable to the college, such as lecturing or reading to student groups on and off campus, and popularizing scholarly topics in the lay press.
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