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Tenure and Promotion

The policies and procedures for tenure are included in the University policy and procedures regarding Faculty tenure and the policies and procedures for promotion are included in the University policy and procedures regarding Faculty promotion (See, University Policy Register). Each academic year, tenure and promotion guidelines for Kent and Regional Campus Faculty are distributed by the Office of the Provost. Tenure and promotion are separate decisions. The granting of tenure is a decision that plays a crucial role in determining the quality of university Faculty and the national and international status of the University. The awarding of tenure must be based on convincing documented evidence that the Faculty member has achieved a significant body of scholarship that has had an impact on her/his discipline, excellence as a teacher, and has provided effective service. The candidate is also expected to continue and sustain, over the long term, a program of high quality teaching, scholarship, and service relevant to the mission of the candidate's academic unit(s) and to the mission of the University. Tenure considerations can include evaluation of accomplishments prior to arrival at Kent State University to examine consistency in research and publication productivity, grant proposals submitted but not funded, proposals submitted, papers in press, students advised, along with any other materials that may reflect on the candidate's potential for a long-term successful career. The tenure decision is based on all of the evidence available to determine the candidate's potential to pursue a productive career, while promotion is recognition based on a candidate's accomplishments completed during the review period and promotion decisions are based on papers published and in-press, grants received and students served through committee work and/or graduated during the review period, as well as teaching evaluations and service to the University and the profession.

Consideration for promotion to Professor differs from consideration for promotion to Associate Professor. Promotion to Associate Professor is recognition for establishing a career likely to achieve national/international prominence as evidenced by a record of scholarly work (refereed articles, books, grants, etc.) appropriate to the Faculty member's respective field. Promotion to Professor recognizes the highest level of university achievement and national/international prominence, which must include record of scholarly work (refereed articles, books, grants, etc.) of sufficient quality and quantity necessary to demonstrate increased prominence in and impact in the Faculty member's respective field. Finally, a sound ethical approach to all aspects of teaching, research, publication, and the academic profession are expected of all who seek tenure and promotion in the School. The overall evaluation of a candidate for tenure and promotion shall include consideration of the Faculty member's professional behavior as recognized by the University community.