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 6‐14) and the policies and procedures for promotion are included in the University policy and procedures regarding faculty promotion (See, University Policy 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 his/her discipline, excellence as a teacher, and is an effective departmental citizen. The candidate is also expected to continue and sustain, over the long term, a program of high quality teaching, scholarship, and citizenship relevant to the mission of the candidate’s academic unit(s) and to the mission of the University. Tenure considerations can include evaluation of accomplishments prior to arrival at Kent State University to examine consistency, evaluating all of the evidence available to determine the candidate’s potential to pursue a productive career.  

In contrast to tenure, promotion is recognition based on a candidate’s accomplishments completed during the review period in rank.  Consideration for promotion to Professor differs from consideration for promotion to Associate Professor. Promotion to Associate Professor is recognition for establishing a career likely to achieve national/international prominence as evidenced by papers published in refereed scientific literature, extramural grants received, students graduated, etc., based on the criteria outlined below.  Promotion to Professor recognizes the highest level of university achievement and an established national and international prominence.

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 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 Department.