Faculty Recruitment and Appointment | Department of Economics Handbook | Kent State University

Faculty Recruitment and Appointment

  1. Tenure-track Faculty

    1. 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.

    2. Recruitment Process

      The Department of Economics supports equal opportunity and affirmative action in its recruiting efforts.  Full-time, regular Faculty positions are advertised nationally.  A Department Search Committee shall be constituted by the Chairperson in consultation with the FAC.  The Search Committee shall be chaired by the Department Chairperson or Chairperson’s designee who may serve as a non-voting, ex-officio member.  The Search Committee evaluates applicants for full-time Faculty positions, and then recommends candidates to the Department Chairperson for interviews.  The Search Committee may conduct a series of screening interviews, usually at professional meetings.  Following preliminary review of candidate files and screening interviews, the Search Committee will recommend several candidates to the Department Chairperson to be invited to visit the campus for in-depth interviews.  When the interview process is complete, the Department Faculty votes on the acceptability of the candidates and on the rank- ordered preference of candidates found to be acceptable.  This vote is advisory to the Department Chairperson who must ultimately recommend any appointment to the Dean of the College.

  2. Full-time, Non-tenure Track Faculty

    1. Criteria for Appointment

      Normally, the requirements for appointment to any rank in this category are the same as for Tenure-track positions outlined in A-1 of this section.  Preferably, NTT faculty will meet AACSB standards for AQ and/or PQ.  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.  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.

      In cases where a new candidate has been hired for a tenure-track position but is still completing his/her dissertations, the candidate may be appointed as temporary assistant professor.

    2. Recruitment Process

      In recruiting for a full-time, non-tenure track faculty position, the Department Chairperson, in consultation with the Faculty Advisory Committee (FAC), shall institute such procedures and processes for recruitment as may be deemed appropriate, on a case-by-case basis.

  3. Part-time, Non-tenure Track Faculty

    1. Criteria and Recruitment

      It is the Department Chairperson’s role and responsibility to recruit and select part-time Faculty.  In the event of a vacancy to be filled by a temporary part-time appointment, the Department Chairperson seeks to meet the need by offering the position to a qualified person chosen from an established pool of applicants maintained for this purpose.  Applications for part-time pool positions are solicited once each year through advertising as required by the University.  Minimum qualification requires that the applicant hold the Master’s degree in economics or equivalent in the discipline in which he/she is required to teach.  Normally, for the initial employment of a part-time faculty member, the Faculty Advisory Committee (FAC) shall review candidates and make recommendations to the Chairperson prior to initial hiring and inclusion in the pool.

  4. Regional Campus faculty

    1. Tenure-track faculty

      a.    The Economics Department FAC will select a departmental representative to serve on the search committee at the regional campus.  The advertisement(s) for the position will be approved by the department prior to be posted.

      b.    After the search committee reviews applicant files and selects those they wish to consider further, those applicant files which are to receive further consideration are sent to the Economics Department for approval/disapproval screening.  Applicants not approved receive no further consideration.

      c.    As part of the interview schedule, candidates will be interviewed at the Kent Campus by members of the Economics department.  

      d.    After the campus visits by all the candidates the Economics Department will report to the search committee which of the candidates are acceptable and which are unacceptable.  The Economics Department may rank order acceptable candidates if they wish to.  The Regional Campus Dean will confer with the Economics Department and the Department will approve rank in the Economics Department only for those candidates the Department finds acceptable.

    2. Non Tenure-track faculty

      For Non Tenure-track faculty searches steps a and b in the procedures for searches for Tenure-track faculty above will be followed.