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Taking Center Stage?
role of the performing arts in Emory's intellectual life
"What I think
has been missing is the critical discussion of these works of
art and their performance in our midst."
Saliers, Parker Professor of Theology and Worship
"Before you can have critical discourse,
you need to have a widespread direct experience."
Radell, Associate Professor of Dance
times for the arts
Academic Exchange April/May
2000 Contents Page
Performing arts faculty work within tenure criteria that strike
parallels between creative research and more mainstream notions
of research in other disciplines. National awards and published
musical compositions, for instance, offer analogies to the scholarly,
peer-reviewed publications required for tenure in other fields.
But often the products of artistic scholarship look less like
nouns and more
"I don't have publications; I design," says Associate
Professor of Theater Leslie Taylor. "In my department, that
wasn't a problem because everyone understands what a designer
does." To get tenure, though, Taylor had to write "reams"
of explanations of her field and how her achievements fit into
Similarly, for dance professionals, solo concerts, works performed
by professional repertory companies, and dance works selected
for public television count for tenure, in addition to traditional
historical or critical studies of dance. As with other academic
departments, getting tenure in the arts also requires a blend
of excellence in scholarship, teaching, and service.
And, as in other fields, faculty and administrators may differ
in their interpretations of tenure guidelines. For example, while
performance is generally viewed as equivalent to written works
in the music department, music professor Timothy Albrecht admits
that getting professors with various specialties and administrators
to agree on tenure criteria can be challenging: "Trying
to find genuine research equivalents is an issue we visit and