Assistant Professor to Associate Professor | Kent State University

Assistant Professor to Associate Professor

Promotion to Associate Professor requires evidence of sustained scholarship and demonstrated potential for excellence. Promotion to Associate Professor is recognition for establishing a scholarly body of work representing expertise in one or more defined lines of research, which is likely to achieve national/international prominence as appropriate to the Faculty member’s respective field.

An Assistant Professor who has completed five years in rank and who possesses a terminal degree may be considered for promotion to the rank of Associate Professor. In extraordinary cases, promotion may be considered for a person with fewer years in rank but “going up early” is not a decision to take lightly.  Extended conversations by the Faculty member with members of the School’s Ad Hoc RPT committee, the School Director and the Dean are strongly recommended.

In either case, the candidate must have demonstrated consistently high quality teaching (SSI scores for Item 19 or current question concerning overall assessment of learning which typically average “Very Good” to “Excellent) and have developed a substantial record of scholarship. It is generally expected that the candidate will have achieved full membership, at either the F3 or F4 level, on the Graduate Faculty.

Although co-authorship of published reports of collaborative inquiry is appropriate, a candidate for promotion to the rank of Associate Professor will generally need to have served as principal investigator or first author in multiple instances. It is also expected that the candidate will have served on a number of School, College, and/or University committees, demonstrating evidence of increasing leadership potential, and/or have demonstrated other forms of service within the University. The candidate will also have participated in professional organizations and/or other appropriate professional activities outside the University, demonstrating evidence of contributions to the profession at the international, national, state, and/or regional levels.