Some Suggested Guidelines for Evaluating Art Historians (Scholarship):
A candidate for tenure or promotion should normally have published in print journals or e-journals that practice some form of peer review. In addition, essays in edited volumes that have been thoroughly reviewed (and often published by university presses) also serve as important scholarly contributions to the field. Candidates are encouraged to publish a book and/or produce an edited collection of essays during the period between tenure and promotion to professor, but a book or collection should not be required for promotion.
Other important venues for
2.) Papers presented at annual meetings of professional organizations and conferences
Candidates for tenure or promotion will normally have presented their work at the meetings of professional organizations to which they belong as members. The chief organization for art historians is the College Art Association of America (http://www.collegeart.org). Other national organizations, such as the American Studies Association (http://www.theasa.net), the Renaissance Society of America (http://www.rsa.org), etc. may also be appropriate venues. (In such organizations, the privilege of presenting a paper is accorded only to members.) The origination and management of a special session of papers on related topics may also be an important scholarly activity. Of equal importance are papers presented at other national and international conferences, as well as invited talks at museums, universities, and various professional institutions.
3) National Grants and Fellowships
Fellowships and awards demonstrate important examples of successful peer review. (Some of the more prestigious fellowships awarded to art historians include awards from the NEH, ACLS, the Guggenheim and Kress Foundations, the Getty Research Institute, the Smithsonian Institution, the American Philosophical Society, the Center for the Study of the Visual Arts (CASVA), the American Academy in Rome, or the Villa I Tatti.) Awards granted and held for a period of a year or more, in lieu of salaried teaching, are usually more prestigious than awards made for a briefer period of time. Grants awarded for the publication of books and edited volumes should also be recognized as demonstrations of scholarly excellence.
[October 4, 2000/rev. 2018 jp]