Tenure and Promotion of TT Faculty

The policies and procedures for tenure are included in the University policy and procedures regarding faculty tenure (See, University Policy Register 3342-6-14) and the policies and procedures for promotion are included in the University policy and procedures regarding faculty promotion (See, University Policy Register 3342-6-15).  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 and scholarship relevant to the missions of the candidate’s academic unit(s)and University.  Tenure considerations can include evaluation of accomplishments prior to arrival at Kent State University in order to judge long-term consistency, as well as research grant proposals whether funded or not funded, pending proposals, papers “in review” or “in press,” graduate students currently being advised, and any other materials that may serve to indicate the candidate’s probability of professional success  in his or her discipline .  In contrast to the tenure decision, promotion is dependent on a candidate’s accomplishments that have been completed during the review period. These include articles published, grants applied for and received, and graduate students mentored during the review period, as well as teaching evaluations and service to the University.

Promotion to Associate Professor is dependent upon the candidate’s likelihood to establish national/international prominence in his or her field.  Relevant evidence includes extramural grants received and formal extramural reviews thereof, articles published in the formally refereed journals of significant standing, other forms of scientific literature (books, chapters in books, books edited), students mentored, etc.  Promotion to Professor represents the highest level of regular university achievement and requires a record of sustained national/international prominence.  Evidence is largely the same as that required for promotion to Associate Professor, but of sufficient quantity and quality to demonstrate national and preferably, that international prominence has been achieved.  

Many factors and criteria, both subjective and objective, are considered in recommending a faculty member for tenure and advancement in academic rank. The overall evaluation of a candidate for tenure and/or promotion shall include consideration of the faculty member's personal integrity and professional behavior as recognized by the University community.  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 Anthropology Department.