Promotion Criteria Specific to Rank | Teaching, Learning and Curriculum Studies Handbook | Kent State University

Promotion Criteria Specific to Rank

  1. 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.

  2. Associate Professor to Professor

    Promotion to Professor requires demonstration of sustained excellence and national/ international recognition as a scholar. Promotion to Professor recognizes the highest level of University achievement, which must include a record of scholarly work of sufficient quality and quantity necessary to demonstrate increased prominence and significant influence in the Faculty member’s respective field.

    An Associate Professor who has completed five years in rank and who possesses an earned doctorate may be considered for promotion to the rank of Professor. In extraordinary cases, an associate professor may be considered for promotion to Professor after completion of fewer years in rank.  Again, 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 before this action is taken.

    Demonstrated high quality teaching, as defined above, is a minimum expectation for promotion but alone, is not sufficient. The decision to promote a Faculty member to the rank of Professor carries additional considerations. At this rank, colleagues and the institution acknowledge that a Faculty member’s contributions since promotion to the rank of Associate Professor are exemplary. At this point, the expectation is that the Faculty member has provided evidence of the accumulated worth of his/her contributions through publications, grants, awards, peer acknowledgements, editorships, professional demand, or other evidence in one or a variety of academic roles, while simultaneously maintaining high quality teaching and advising as assigned. Reputation, influence, initiative, productivity, and disciplined leadership are all considerations. The rank of Professor carries with it certain prestige and responsibility toward being a model of good citizenship in the academy.

    As with promotion to Associate Professor, while the most significant and necessary attribute is peer-reviewed articles in significant research journals, these activities might take the form of, but are not limited to, scholarly books, monographs, articles in state or regional journals, book chapters, conference presentations, and other forms of dissemination. Promotion to the rank of Professor requires first authorship in several instances and suggests leadership within collaborative grants or consultations.  The candidate is also expected to have demonstrated continued contributions in the area of service to the School, College, and University; this is critically important and often takes the form of mentoring doctoral students through serving on coursework advisory committees and co-chairing or chairing dissertation committees. Demonstrated, increased scholarly leadership in the profession at the national and/or international level is also an expectation, such as international teaching and outreach efforts.