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Scholarship

Scholarship is an essential and critical component of University activity. The originality, quality, impact and value of the work must be assessed.  To assist this process, the candidate shall submit the names of at least five (5) experts in her/his field who are considered capable of judging the candidate's work; these individuals shall not include the candidate’s doctoral or postdoctoral mentors.  The Chair shall solicit letters from at least five (5) experts from this list.  In addition, the Chair shall solicit additional letters from experts not on this list.  Moreover, 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 number and size of grants received and in the scope and time required for research and the resulting publications.

In addition to funded research and scholarly publications, other scholarly activities including but not limited to serving on national grant review bodies, presenting at refereed professional meetings, chairing society committees, and presenting papers before learned societies should be considered.  These latter activities complement scholarly publications and grant funded research. Faculty members are expected to hold membership in professional societies, attend and participate in institutes and seminars, organize institutes, seminars, and workshops, insofar as such activities enhance their professional competency. 

Standards for the Evaluation of Scholarship and Research:

All Faculty of the department are expected to seek excellence in scholarly activity.  Indicators on which the assessment of the quality of scholarly activity is based are provided in Tables 2A for Kent Campus Faculty and 2B for Regional Campus Faculty.

Indicators of the quality of a faculty member’s research record include the quality and quantity of published work as well as the Faculty member’s success in obtaining extramural funds.  All Faculty members in the Department are expected to produce records of scholarship that reflect their disciplinary focus, and the attributes of an individual Faculty member’s scholarly activity will vary across disciplines.

To achieve “excellent” in the category of the scholarship at the time a Faculty member stands for tenure and promotion, she/he should have established a research program which demonstrates an impact upon his/her discipline.

Within this context, during annual reappointment reviews, each Faculty member who will seek tenure or promotion is obligated to provide evidence supporting his/her scholarly record.  This obligation will be met by providing specific information about article and journal quality and impact, funding history and plans, and description in the Faculty member’s supplementary materials of any other evidence of scholarship that the faculty member deems appropriate.  Candidates for promotion to the rank of Associate Professor shall present three announced Departmental colloquia to demonstrate the progress of scholarly activities and plans in the Department; one colloquium is to be given in the second year of the probationary period and another shall be given in the academic year before the candidate plans to stand for promotion.  Candidates for promotion to the rank of Professor shall present one announced departmental seminar in the academic year before the candidate plans to stand for promotion.  The members of the Department’s Ad Hoc RTP Committee and the Chair shall evaluate a candidate’s record in light of the Department’s expectations for a successful tenure decision.    

Publications include papers in peer-reviewed journals of recognized quality, monographs, books, and book chapters.  Evaluation of publication record will include an assessment of quality and impact on the field as well as quantity.  The publications shall arise from research conducted while at Kent State University during the time in rank (except for cases where credit for prior work was given in the original letter of offer).  Journals are expected to be comparable in quality to the journals of the American Chemical Society.  Papers of exceptional length, impact and quality are given particular consideration; the candidate for tenure and/or promotion is expected to provide compelling evidence to support any claims of exceptional quality.  Meeting abstracts are not considered to be publications.

“Grants” refers to extramural funding where the role of the faculty member in securing the funding is clearly demonstrated and which are of sufficient magnitude to fully support research at a level and duration appropriate for the discipline, including funds for supplies, materials and personnel (graduate students, research technicians and/or post-doctoral associates).  “Starter Grants” are extramural grants that are not of sufficient magnitude to fully support doctoral students.  “Seed Grants” are internal Kent State University grants that are designed to lead to subsequent successful applications for “Grants.” Grantsmanship should be commensurate with the field of research with the recognition that the dollar amount of awards varies among fields. 

Table 2A.  Evaluation Components for Assessment of Scholarship for Promotion and Tenure of Kent Campus Faculty.1

Scholarship 

Definition

Typical Accomplishments Corresponding to the Assessment Score

 

 

 

 

Outstanding

 

 

 

 

 

Internationally acclaimed research program

Approximately three publications per year (or demonstration of exceptional publication quality within a substantial body of scholarship) in current rank (or in the most recent 5-year period in rank) and the award of extensive and substantive, nationally competitive extramural research grants as a principal investigator.  Continuous submission of proposals for research support from Federal or National agencies.  Other evidence of recognition may include invitations to give presentations, research-related service to federal/state organizations, awards and other recognition from scientific societies.2

 

 

Excellent

Nationally/Internationally recognized research program

Approximately two publications per year (or demonstration of exceptional publication quality within a substantial body of scholarship) in current rank (or in the most recent 5-year period in rank) and the award of substantive, nationally competitive extramural research grant(s).  Continuous submission of proposals for research support from Federal or National agencies.  Other evidence of recognition may include invitations to give presentations, research-related service to federal/state organizations, awards and other recognition from scientific societies.2

 

Very Good

Emerging nationally

recognized research program

Approximately five publications based on work performed while in rank at KSU (or demonstration of exceptional publication quality within a substantial body of scholarship) and the award, either as PI or co-PI, of a nationally competitive grant of sufficient size to support the candidate’s research.  Continuous submission of proposals for research support from Federal or National agencies.

Good

Active research program

Some peer-reviewed publications and internal KSU “seed” grant(s).  Active submission of proposals for funding from extramural agencies. 

Weak

Limited research program

Occasional publications or meeting presentations; no grants supporting research

Poor

No research program

No publications, presentations, or grants

1These accomplishments are intended to be neither all-inclusive nor exclusionary.  2Recognitions from scientific societies include, for example, election to office, editorial board membership, editorship, etc.  Service to federal/state institutions includes service on federal proposal panels, site visits, and other research related activities. 

Table 2B.  Evaluation Components for Assessment of Scholarship for Promotion and Tenure of Regional Campus Faculty.1

Assessment of Scholarship

Definition

Accomplishments Corresponding to the Assessment Score

 

 

 

Outstanding

 

 

 

 

Highly recognized and consistently productive research program

Approximately five (5) publications based on work performed while in rank at KSU (or demonstration of exceptional publication quality within a substantial body of scholarship) and the award, as PI or co-PI, of a substantial nationally competitive grant for research, pedagogy, or training.  Continuous submission of proposals for research support from Federal or National agencies.

Excellent

Established research program

Approximately four (4) publications based on work performed while in rank at KSU (or demonstration of exceptional publication quality within a substantial body of scholarship) and the award of significant extramural funding. Oral or poster presentations of scholarly work at regional, national, or international meetings or venues.  Exceptional successes in either publishing or securing extramural funding may be given special consideration.

 

Very Good

Emerging research program

A minimum of two (2) publications based on work performed while in rank at KSU and the submission of quality proposals for competitive grants to support scholarship. Oral or poster presentations of scholarly work at regional, national, or international meetings or venues.

Good

Active research program

Presentations of scholarly work at local venues.  One publication.  Proposals for support of scholarship.

Poor

No research program

No publications, presentations, or proposals.

1These accomplishments are intended to be neither all-inclusive nor exclusionary.