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Promotion

    Promotion shall be viewed as a recognition of a faculty member having contributed sustained and distinguished service to the University, College, Campus and the Department.

    Recommendations for promotion shall be based upon two major classes of criteria.  The first, “academic credentials and university experience,” describes the normal minimums of credentials and time-in-rank necessary for promotion consideration.  The department follows the academic credentials and university experience requirements that are in the Policy Register.  The second, “academic performance and service,” refers to the record of actual performance and the accomplishments by the faculty member in academic and service areas.  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 promotion the Department places as much importance on research as it does on teaching.  In addition, the quality, as well as the quantity, of one’s scholarship is an important consideration for promotion.  While 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.  These criteria are explained in greater detail in sections 1 and 2 below.

  1. Criteria for Promotion to Associate Professor

    The Department follows the Promotion procedures as outlined in the University Policy Register and the Collective Bargaining Agreement.  To be recommended for Promotion to Associate Professor, candidates must meet the criteria for tenure outlined in section A.

  2. Criteria for Promotion to Professor

         To be recommended for Promotion to Professor, the Department requires that a candidate either i) shows a balanced portfolio of excellence across the three areas of research, teaching, and service or ii) is truly exceptional in research and at least very good in teaching and service.  Only performance since the faculty member’s promotion to Associate Professor will be considered when evaluating promotion to Professor.  For promotion to Professor, the criteria for excellence and very good in teaching and service are the same as the criteria outlined in section B on tenure.

        For promotion to Professor, an excellent record in research at the Kent campus would typically be a portfolio consisting of a minimum of five 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 articles generally in Tier 2 journals or a lower quantity of articles generally in Tier 1 journals may also meet the criteria for excellence in research.

        For promotion to Professor, an excellent record in research at the regional campuses would typically be a portfolio consisting of a minimum of five peer-reviewed journal articles that are generally in the Tier 2 and Tier 3 categories.  A portfolio that includes a higher quantity of peer-reviewed articles generally in Tier 3 journals or a lower quantity of articles generally in Tier 2 or higher journals may also meet the criteria for excellence in research.

        For promotion to Professor, an exceptional record in research at the Kent campus would typically be a portfolio consisting of a minimum of eight 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 articles generally in Tier 2 journals or a lower quantity of articles generally in Tier 1 journals may also meet the criteria for exceptional in research.

        For promotion to Professor, an exceptional record in research at the regional campuses would typically be a portfolio consisting of a minimum of five peer-reviewed journal articles that are generally in the Tier 2 category.  A portfolio that includes a higher quantity of peer-reviewed articles generally in Tier 2 and Tier 3 journals or a portfolio of a lower quantity of articles generally in Tier 1 and Tier 2 journals may also meet the criteria for excellence in research.

    Table 2:  Summary of Criteria for Promotion to Professor by Category

     

    Research at Kent Campus

    Research at Regional Campus

    Teaching

    Service

    Very Good

     

     

    Effective design and effective delivery

    Sustained service and positive value to the functioning of the department

    Excellent

    Minimum of five publications, generally Tier 1 and Tier 2

    or

    Higher quantity of publications, generally Tier 2

    or

    Lower quantity of publications, generally Tier 1

       

    Minimum of four publications, generally Tier 2 and Tier 3

    or

    Higher quantity of publications, generally Tier 3

    or

    Lower quantity of  publications, generally Tier 2

    Exemplar design and effective delivery

    Or

    Exemplar delivery and effective design

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

    Exceptional

    Minimum of eight publications, generally Tier 1 and Tier 2

    or

    Higher quantity of publications, generally Tier 2

    or

    Lower quantity of publications, generally Tier 1

    Minimum of five publications, generally Tier 2

    or

    Higher quantity of publications, generally Tier 2 and Tier 3

    or

    Lower quantity of  publications, generally in Tier 1 and Tier 2

    Exemplar design and exemplar delivery