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President Lefton shakes hands with Tony Licata, head locksmith with the Department of Residence Services and a recipient of the 2010 President’s Excellence Award.
President Lefton shakes hands with Tony Licata, head locksmith with the Department of Residence Services and a recipient of the 2010 President’s Excellence Award.

Supporting Faculty as They Support the Quest for Excellence

Kent State continues to encourage, recognize and reward the key roles played by faculty members, including their efforts to fulfill university priorities from increasing student success to producing pioneering research. As part of the 2008 Collective Bargaining Agreement between the university and the AAUP-KSU's Tenured/Tenure Track collective bargaining unit, a Success Pool was created to allow faculty to share in university successes such as achieving measurable goals in funded research, student retention and funds raised for institutional development. In the first year of the incentive program, the university awarded a share of the Success Pool to more than 800 faculty members.

In addition to the university's longstanding, annual awards for exceptional teaching and outstanding research and creativity, the Farris Family Innovation Awards allow the university to salute faculty members who combine teaching and research in new and effective ways. Each of the annual award recipients receives up to $8,000 for up to three years to support their path-breaking projects.

The university's Office of Technology Transfer and Economic Development held its third Inventor Recognition Ceremony in 2010. The event honored all of Kent State's many innovators, giving special recognition to faculty, staff and students who developed university inventions for the first time.