ARTP Department of Art

College of Arts and Letters
Department of Art
Date Approved: October 2022


Confidentiality of Personnel Deliberations

Composition of Departmental Personnel Committees (Probationary and Temporary Appointment, Retention, Tenure, and Promotion, and Evaluation of Temporary, Probationary and Tenured Faculty)

Composition of Departmental Personnel Committees

The department annually elects 2 or 3 personnel committees.

The probationary and tenured faculty members of the department or equivalent unit shall elect a peer review committee(s) of tenured faculty members. When there are insufficient eligible members to serve on the peer committee, the department shall elect members from a related academic discipline(s).

(The Committees, as a whole, must take responsibility for the following tasks: Probationary Appointment; Temporary Appointment; Retention, Tenure and Promotion; Range Elevation; Evaluation of Temporary Faculty; Evaluation of Probationary Faculty; Evaluation of Tenured Faculty (Post-Tenure review); Evaluation for Request to Emeritus status; and Collaboration on the Development of Individual Professional Plans. It is required that each unit indicate below which Committee is responsible for each of these tasks.)

Committee Titles and Responsibilities

Number of Members

(at least 3; all tenured full time)

(Indicate if must be (full) professor rank)

Number of Alternates

(1 or more; all tenured full-time)*

(Indicate if must be (full) professor rank)

Retention, Tenure, and Promotion

Committee A

Evaluate probationary, and tenured faculty for Retention, Tenure, Promotion, and Post-Tenure performance and/or periodic review.

3 tenured full professors

1 tenured full professor

Retention, Tenure, and Promotion

Committee B

Evaluate part-time faculty for Range Elevation, Reappointment and for performance and/or periodic review.

3 tenured professors

1 tenured professors

Ad Hoc Appointment Committee (Faculty Search Committee)

Responsible for following university search policy and recommending appointments.

3 tenured professors (1 Probationary faculty may be elected)

3 tenured professors

Eligibility for Committee Service and Balloting


The chair is excluded from the evaluation committee and shall file a separate evaluation report.

Recruitment of Probationary Faculty

Appointment of Probationary Faculty

Personnel Action Files

Individualized Professional Plans

Eligibility for Tenure and Promotion

Area of Specialization Terminal Degree

Animation, Design, Studio Arts


Art Education

Ed.D. or Ph.D.

Art History



M.F.A., M.G.D., M.Des., or Ph.D.

Fashion Study

M.F.A. or Ph.D.


Evaluation of Permanent Instructional Faculty


Category B: Activities considered appropriate as "scholarly and creative activities" for the discipline are:

A faculty's professional performance is evaluated by the quality of the materials present in his or her file. The materials (though not exclusive of this list) include:

  • Reviews of scholarly writings and the importance of the venues of exhibitions
  • Appointments as visiting scholars, lecturers, fellows and artists in residence,
  • Curatorial activities
  • Services as jurors and/or as an evaluator of critical writings, grants and other significant commissions in the field
  • Participation in scholarly and professional societies beyond mere membership, but including elective office, fellowship status, committee membership
  • Receipt of special awards
  • Organization of symposia
  • Chairing of conference sessions

Committee Procedures

Review of Faculty Holding Joint Appointments and of Faculty Active in Interdisciplinary Programs

Student Consultation in Academic Personnel Processes

Oral Testimony

Role of Department/Division/School Chair or Director

Appointment of Temporary Faculty

Evaluation of Temporary Faculty

Consideration for Three-Year Appointments

Consideration for Range Elevation

Review of Department Personnel Procedures


Department: Art

Area of Specialization: Animation/Design/Studio Arts

Terminal Degree: M.F.A. (Master of Fine Arts)

1. Why is this degree more relevant for this position than a doctorate?

A Doctorate has not been available in the Studio Arts, Design and Animation until recently. An M.F.A. degree is considered to be the terminal degree by all major universities and academic environments. Tenured and tenure-track positons in these areas are most commonly held by persons with M.F.A. degrees.

2. What is the availability of a doctorate in this field?

Doctorate degrees are offered by a few new programs established at some American and foreign universities.

3. Does this degree provide a faculty member with the necessary background to do research, scholarly, or creative work in the University?


4.  Is there a requirement of the specialized accrediting agency related to terminal degrees of faculty in the department? If so, what is that requirement?

The Master of Fine Arts (MFA) degree, in Studio Arts, Design and Animation, is the recognized terminal degree in the visual arts. The College Art Association (CAA), the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD), and the vast majority of institutions in higher education within the United States consider the MFA to be equivalent to terminal degrees in other fields.

5.  What are the educational requirements for similar positions at comparable campuses? Please identify the campus and provide a copy of their relevant policies.

The MFA is considered to be the terminal degree at comparable institutions of higher learning.