Too often the work of those who create, compose, build, or choreograph are not supported by our academic institutions. Many scholars pursuit their artistic passions in their “spare time” leaving their teaching and institutional life unfulfilled. Burn out is common. Narrowly defined, legitimacy of scholarship is strangling possibility and new vision. What would it mean to incorporate the tools of imagination, creativity and innovation into the life of scholarly teaching? What would it take to redefine academic rigor so as to regularize, require, and necessitate the innovative, the new, the creative?