Scholarship Activity Evaluation Metrics | Department of Geography Handbook | Kent State University

Scholarship Activity Evaluation Metrics

  1. Publications

    To have achieved meritorious work in publications, the faculty member must show a substantial number of publications in high quality outlets. The following works will be considered:

    • Refereed journal article
    • Books (authored): scholarly, monograph
    • Books (edited)
    • Book chapter
    • Edited special issue or conference proceedings
    • Other: book review, refereed communication, technical report, encyclopedia entry

    Greater emphasis is placed on first-, corresponding-, and/or sole-authored publications, as well as highly visible publications in well-regarded outlets, such as reputable presses or journals with a high impact factor and broad readership.  

    Each work will be considered only once.  Each faculty member may choose whether to have a work considered when it is "in press" or when it appears in print.  It is the faculty member's responsibility to provide written verification that "in press" works have been accepted in final form by the editor or publisher.  New and recent faculty should indicate explicitly what aspects of the research in each publication were performed at Kent in any cases where there might be uncertainty.

    The contribution to each publication should be justified.  For each publication with multiple authors, the faculty must indicate what percentage of the total workload he/she contributed to:

    • The idea conceptualization and design;
    • The work performed, both data collection and analysis;
    • The supervision of the work; and

    The writing of the publication.

  2. Grants/Contracts

    Meritorious activity in this subcategory is shown by receipt of external grants and/or contracts in which the faculty member is PI or co-I. For each grant/contract, the faculty must provide the following information:

    • Faculty role (e.g., P.I., Co-P.I., Senior Personnel)
    • Agency
    • Title
    • Amount (overall and percentage associated with the faculty member)
    • Duration
    • Contribution to Department (e.g., GAs, equipment/ supplies, overhead)

     The scope of the award (as evidenced via the information provided in the bullet points above) substantially influences how meritorious it is. Grant/contract work is generally acknowledged for a merit period in which the award is initiated only. A supplemental award on an existing award can be counted as a new and separate award.

  3. Professional Contributions

    Meritorious activity in this category is identified through considerable activity in positions that acknowledge the faculty member as a leading scholar in his/her field:

    • Special awards for scholarly or professional achievement
    • Journal editor, consulting editor, and editorial boards (name of journal and position; number of manuscripts handled)
    • Grant review panels (name of panel and agency; number of applications reviewed)
    • Other scholarly reviews; for each review list the name of the journal, agency, publisher, etc.; indicate how many reviews were performed for each source: journals, grants (non-paneled), book reviews for publisher.

    Supporting relevant documentation, along with self-assessment in terms of level of effort, for each contribution is required.

  4. Presentations

    Meritorious activity in presentations is acknowledged through a substantial presence in the discipline in terms of external visibility.  The following items will be considered:

    • Invited papers at scholarly meetings
    • Papers presented at scholarly meetings
    • Scientific papers presented locally (state, University, etc.)
    • Session moderator
    • Symposium organizer
    • Colloquium at another university

    A greater emphasis is placed upon presentations that were invited, juried at highly selective conferences, and high profile venues.

  5. Other Research/Scholarly Activities Not Considered Above

    Faculty may also submit to have additional forms of scholarship, not identified above, count for Merit Awards.  He/she must describe the activity and argue for a weight commensurate with those for similar tasks in this evaluation section.