Standards for Evaluating Scholarship | Department of Geography Handbook | Kent State University

Standards for Evaluating Scholarship

NTT faculty in the research track are evaluated primarily on their scholarship, which consists of the several categories listed below.

Publications: Evidence of a research agenda resulting in a clear record of publications in quality venues. Publications include:

  • Peer-reviewed journal articles. The quality of journals will be assessed through several means, including Journal Impact Factors as well as stature and readership within the discipline as well as the specific field.
  • Books and book chapters in reputable presses.
  • Other forms of publications may also serve as evidence of a quality publication record, if relevant to the candidate’s research.

Grants: All candidates are expected to seek extramural funding as relevant to support her/his research; candidates, moreover, should frequently serve in PI or Co-PI positions on these awards. Funding expectations will be based on the conditions specified in the candidate’s original letter of offer.

Professional Activity: Evidence of participation in advancing and disseminating results of the research through demonstrating professional visibility. Examples include, but are not limited to, presenting at meetings, serving on professional committees, research-related service to federal/state agencies or non-profits.

Reputation: Evidence of impact/ recognition in this discipline. Examples include, but are not limited to, editorship or guest editorship of journals, invitations to review manuscripts and grant proposals, invitations to speak at meetings, citations, awards or other meritorious recognition from scientific societies.

Alternatively, examples of insufficient activity in these categories include, but are not limited to, sporadic publications, especially in low-quality journals, lack of acquiring adequate external funds to support her/his research, minimal engagement in the profession, or weak external letters.