Criteria for Appointment | Department of Economics Handbook | Kent State University

Criteria for Appointment

The regular full-time academic ranks include instructor, assistant professor, associate professor, and professor.  The Faculty Advisory Committee of the Department should be consulted by the Chair prior to determining the appropriate rank for a potential new faculty member.  The following represent minimum qualifications for employment pertaining to each academic rank:

  1. Instructor

    To be appointed as an Instructor, a candidate must have at least a Master’s degree in economics or the equivalent in an appropriate discipline.

  2. Assistant/Associate/Professor

    i.         For appointment to the rank of Assistant Professor, a candidate must minimally possess a doctorate with specialties in the field(s) relating to the Departmental assignment and show promise of excellent teaching and research.  In certain circumstances, a person still completing his/her dissertation may be appointed as a full-time temporary assistant professor, a non-tenure track term position. 

    ii.         For appointment to the ranks of Associate Professor and Professor, the candidate must possess a doctorate with specialties in the field(s) relating to the Departmental assignment and meet the criteria for each rank as specified in Section III.1 on Promotion in this Handbook.

    In exceptional cases, an individual not having the required degree or not having the required degree in a field relating to the Departmental assignment, but who has outstanding experience in a field, may be considered for a faculty appointment.