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Criteria for Tenure

    The granting of tenure is a decision that plays a crucial role in determining the quality of university faculty and the national and international status of the university.  Essentially, those faculty members involved in making a tenure decision are asking the question: "Is this candidate likely to continue and sustain, in the long term, a program of high quality scholarship, teaching, and service relevant to the mission of the academic unit and the mission of the university?"  The awarding of tenure must be based on convincing documented evidence that the faculty member has achieved a significant body of scholarship, excellence as a teacher, and has provided effective service. The candidate must also be expected to continue and sustain, over the long term, a program of high quality scholarship, teaching, and service relevant to the mission of the candidate's academic unit(s) and to the mission of the university. 

    The mutually supportive, complementary, and often overlapping areas that need to be considered include research that advances knowledge in economics and/or related disciplines; the act of teaching as well as the planning and examination of pedagogical procedures; and service activities not necessarily tied to one’s special field of knowledge which make significant positive contributions to the advancement of the educational, scholarly and governance goals and missions of the University, College, Campus, Department, and profession.  For purposes of tenure the Department places as much importance on research as it does on teaching at the Kent campus.  At the regional campuses, teaching receives more weight than research.  At all campuses, although service receives substantially less weight than research and teaching, it is expected that all faculty contribute positively in this area.  The service component includes the general value of the faculty member to the department; all faculty are expected to positively contribute to the functioning of the department.

    To be eligible for tenure, the Department requires that a candidate either a) shows a balanced portfolio of excellence across the three areas of research, teaching, and service or b) is truly exceptional in one area and very good in the others.  These two criteria are described in greater detail below.  In evaluating a candidate for tenure, there is an important judgment component; these criteria are meant to guide the reviewer but not replace the judgment of those reviewing the file.

 

          a.Balanced Portfolio of Excellence

 

    A candidate will successfully meet the criteria for tenure if they have an excellent record in all three categories:  research, teaching, and service.  Refer to section A, methods for evaluating files, for explanations of the journal tiers and descriptions of effective/exemplar course delivery and design.

    For candidates at the Kent campus, an excellent record in research would typically be an average of about one publication per year of peer-reviewed journal articles that are generally in the Tier 2 range.  A portfolio that includes a lower quantity of peer-reviewed journal articles but with a higher quality (a portfolio of Tier 1 and Tier 2 publications) may also be consistent with an excellent record.

    For candidates at the regional campuses, an excellent record in research would typically be an average of two peer-reviewed journal publications every three years generally in the Tier 3 category.  A portfolio that includes a lower quantity of peer-reviewed journal articles but with a higher quality (a portfolio of Tier 2 and Tier 3 publications) may also be consistent with an excellent record.

    For candidates at all campuses, excellence in teaching would be either i) effective course design and exemplar course delivery or ii) exemplar course design and effective course delivery. 

    An excellent record in service includes a demonstrated record of significant service to the department, college, campus, or university and significant value to the functioning of the department.  Service to the profession and community can strengthen the service record but is not a substitute for service at the department, college/campus, and university level.

           b. Exceptional Record in One Area and Very Good Record in the Others

     A candidate who does not meet the criteria of a balanced portfolio of excellence may still successfully stand for tenure if they are truly exceptional in one area.  A candidate at the Kent campus will successfully meet the criteria for tenure with an exceptional record in either teaching or research and at least a very good record in the other two areas.  A candidate at the regional campuses will successfully meet the criteria for tenure with an exceptional record in teaching and at least a very good record in research and service. 

For candidates at the Kent campus, an exceptional record in research would typically be an average of about one publication per year with a portfolio of peer-reviewed journal articles that are generally in the Tier 1 and Tier 2 categories.  A portfolio that includes a higher quantity of peer-reviewed journals generally in Tier 2 may also meet the criteria for exceptional. 

    For candidates at all campuses, an exceptional record in teaching would be exemplar in both course design and course delivery.

    For candidates at the Kent campus, a very good record in research may include lower than the average one per year quantity of generally Tier 2 publications or an average quantity of publications that are a mix of Tier 2 and Tier 3.  For candidates at the regional campuses, a very good record in research may include a lower-than average quantity of generally Tier 3 publications or an average quantity of publications that are a mix of Tier 3 and Tier 4.

    A very good record in teaching would be effective in course design and effective in course delivery.

    A very good record in service includes demonstration of sustained service to the department, college, or university and a positive value to the functioning of the department.  Service to the profession and community can strengthen the service record but is not a substitute for service at the department, college, and university level.

 

Table 1:  Summary of Criteria for Tenure by Category

 

Research at Kent Campus

Research at Regional Campus

Teaching

Service

Very Good

Average less than one publication per year, generally Tier 2

Or

Average about 1 publication per year, mix of Tier 2/Tier 3

Average less than 2 publications every 3 years, generally Tier 3 

or

Average 2 publications every 3 years, mix of

Tier 3/Tier 4

Effective design and effective delivery

Sustained service and positive value to the functioning of the department

Excellent

Average about 1 publication per year, generally Tier 2 

or

Average less than one publication peer year, mix of Tier 1/Tier 2

Average 2 publications every 3 years, generally Tier 3 

or

Average less than 2 publications every 3 years, mix of Tier 2/Tier 3

Exemplar design and effective delivery

or

Exemplar delivery and effective design

Significant service and significant value added to the functioning of the department

Exceptional

Average about 1 publication per year, mix of Tier 1/Tier 2

Or

Average more than 1 publication per year, generally Tier 2

 

Exemplar design and exemplar delivery