Faculty Ranks | School of Foundations, Leadership and Administration Handbook | Kent State University

Faculty Ranks

The basic definitions of Faculty ranks are the following:

1.      Assistant Professor

This rank is normally the entry-level rank for Faculty holding the doctorate in an appropriate discipline.

2.       Associate Professor

Hire to or promotion to this rank presumes prior service as an Assistant Professor, significant academic achievements, and possession of the doctorate in an appropriate discipline (See, Section III of this Handbook).

3.      Professor

Promotion to this rank requires credentials and achievements beyond those required for promotion to Associate Professor and is reserved for senior Faculty members who have achieved significant recognition in their discipline (See, Section III of this Handbook).

4.      Emeriti Faculty

Emeritus/emerita status may be conferred, following appropriate review and recommendation, upon Faculty members and staff at the time of their official retirement from full-time employment. Emeritus status may be conferred by the board of trustees following appropriate review and recommendation by the appointing authority.

Emeritus/emerita status is granted in recognition of meritorious service at Kent state university and implies demonstration of exemplary professional competence and university citizenship, generally after service of at least ten years.


Emeriti shall be regarded as honored members of the university Faculty or the unit from which they retired and shall be entitled to privileges and benefits as may be established by the university.

The procedures for recommending emeritus status are as follows:
The recommendation of emeritus/emerita status is normally initiated at the department level upon notification that a Faculty or staff member intends to retire. This recommendation is submitted to the next highest administrative level in writing, and shall include a summary of reasons in support of the recommendation. Depending on the status of the individual under consideration the following procedure will be followed:

a.           Faculty and academic administrators with Faculty rank


i.   The dean or division head then submits a recommendation to the provost.

ii.  The provost will then make a final recommendation regarding the granting of emeritus status, subject to approval by the president, and final confirmation by the board of trustees.

b.           Unclassified (administrative-professional) and classified staff

i.    The appropriate vice president then submits a recommendation to the vice president for human resources.

ii.         The vice president for human resources will make a final recommendation regarding the granting of emeritus status, subject to approval by the president and final confirmation by the board of trustees. (See, University Policy Register)