Scholarship and Its Evaluation | Teaching, Learning and Curriculum Studies Handbook | Kent State University

Scholarship and Its Evaluation

Scholarship is an essential and critical component of University activity. The originality, quality, impact and value of the work must be assessed.  The candidate must provide the Ad Hoc RTP Committee with ample descriptive evidence of his/her scholarly activity.  A Faculty member's specific area of specialization may be a factor in the availability of extramural funding and in the scope and time required for research and the resulting publications.

Sustained scholarship which clearly supports a Faculty’s line(s) of inquiry is imperative.  Further, the merit of scholarship will be evaluated based upon the quality of the publication. Peer reviewed publications in national and international journals are highly regarded although large (more than $25,000), multi-year, highly competitive (like National Science Foundation) grants are also highly regarded.  While solo publications are highly regarded, author leadership is even more important and expected for a significant number of peer-reviewed publications.

Other forms of scholarship such as books, chapters, conference proceedings, book reviews, smaller non-KSU-funded grants, and curricular materials are also valued.  Other scholarly activities which provide evidence of an established research agenda by demonstrating influence upon his/her discipline may include, but are not limited to, writing grant proposals, serving on national grant review bodies, presenting at refereed national/international professional meetings, chairing professional society committees, and presenting papers before learned societies are considered. Faculty members are expected to hold membership in professional societies and encouraged to serve in editorial capacities.  Faculty are also expected to attend, participate and organize institutes, seminars, and workshops, insofar as such activities enhance their professional competency.

For Regional faculty, for whom teaching is a primary responsibility, excellence in teaching weighs more heavily than scholarship. While the expectations of the quality of scholarship is the same as that expected of Faculty on the Kent campus, the same quantity is not as expected for Faculty on the Kent campus.