Reappointment of TT faculty | Kent State University

Reappointment of TT faculty

The policies and procedures for reappointment are included in the University policy and procedures regarding faculty reappointment (See, University Policy 6‐16). Each academic year, reappointment guidelines for Kent and Regional Campus faculty are distributed by the Office of the Provost.

For probationary faculty, reappointment is contingent upon demonstration of adequate, sustained progress toward the requirements for tenure.  Moreover, the faculty member must have established and articulated short and long term plans for achieving these goals. For faculty members following the traditional tenure clock for Assistant Professors, the review after completion of three (3) full years in the probationary period at Kent State University is particularly critical. Upon completion of the third year of the probationary period, faculty reviewing a candidate for reappointment should consider the record of the candidate’s achievements to date. This record should be considered a predictor of future success. The hallmark of a successful candidate is a record of compelling evidence of impact upon the discourse of his/her discipline. This record can be demonstrated through review of the candidate’s materials in light of the tenure expectations described below.  The candidate should also separately have at least one, and preferably two, peer teaching evaluations, preferably by senior faculty in the department, each year.  These faculty will provide a written report of the evaluation to the Chair and the faculty member. Specific concerns expressed by the Ad Hoc RTP Committee and/or the Chair during this stage of the probationary period should be addressed by the candidate in subsequent reappointment reviews. Finally, the overall evaluation of a candidate for reappointment must 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 is expected of all who seek reappointment in the Department. A candidate who fails to demonstrate likely success in the tenure process will be notified promptly that he/she will not be reappointed.

In the event that concerns about a candidate’s performance are raised during the reappointment process, the Ad Hoc RTP Committee and the Chair shall provide detailed, prescriptive comments to serve as constructive feedback. If such concerns arise during a review that occurs after completion of three (3) full years in the probationary period, the Chair, in consultation with the FAC, will advise and work with the candidate on a suitable, positive plan for realignment with the Department’s tenure and promotion expectations; however, the candidate is solely responsible for his/her success in implementing this plan.

From time to time, personal and/or family circumstances may arise that require an untenured faculty member to need to request that his/her probationary period be extended. Upon request, a faculty member may be granted an extension of the probationary period which has been traditionally called “tolling” or “stopping the tenure clock.” The University policy and procedures governing modification of the faculty probationary period is included in the University Policy Register (See, University Policy 6‐13).

For faculty members whose appointment is in the Regional Campuses, recommendations on reappointment from the Chair are forwarded to the Dean and the appropriate Regional Campus Dean. Department criteria are used to assess Department faculty who are assigned to the Regional Campuses; however, due to differences in the missions of the Kent and Regional Campuses and differences in the nature of faculty appointments on the Kent and Regional Campuses, the weighting of the categories of scholarship, teaching and University citizenship for Regional Campus faculty in the Department is established by the Regional Campus to which the faculty member is assigned. Thus, the Kent Campus Ad Hoc RTP Committee and Chair will provide recommendations for Regional Campus faculty based on separate Department criteria, outlined below.