Reappointment

  1. The policies and procedures for reappointment are included in the University Policy and Procedures Regarding Faculty Reappointment (see, University Policy Register 3342-6-16).  Each academic year, reappointment guidelines for Kent and Regional Campus faculty are distributed by the Office of the Provost.  Probationary tenure-track faculty members are reviewed by the College’s Ad Hoc RTP Committee.  The probationary faculty member is to ask two or more faculty members in the College to visit his/her class and provide a written review using the form provided by the Associate Dean of Academic Affairs.  Probationary faculty will also create a file using the University software platform that will be available to the Ad Hoc RTP Committee.  Each probationary faculty member is discussed by the committee, which then votes on the faculty member’s reappointment and provides formative comments for the probationary faculty member.  Notification of reappointment is from the Provost. Probationary faculty members who are not to be reappointed must be notified according to the schedule established in the applicable Collective Bargaining Agreement.
  2. For probationary faculty, reappointment is contingent upon demonstration of adequate progress toward the requirements for tenure.  Moreover, the faculty member must have established and articulated written short (1-2 year) and long-term plans for achieving these goals.  This progress can be evaluated through review of the candidate’s published (or “accepted for publication”) peer-reviewed papers and articles, including an assessment of the quality of the publication and/or the impact of the article using citation indexes appropriate to the field; grant activity (proposals submitted, grants received); presentations; graduate students advised; teaching evaluations and peer reviews; university and professional service; and other professional activity.  Specific concerns expressed by the Ad Hoc RTP Committee and/or the Dean 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 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 College.
  3. If concerns about a candidate’s performance are raised during the reappointment process, the Ad Hoc RTP Committee shall provide detailed, prescriptive comments to serve as constructive feedback.  If such concerns arise during a review, the probationary faculty member’s faculty mentor will advise and work with the candidate on a suitable, positive plan for realignment with the College’s tenure and promotion expectations; however, the candidate is solely responsible for her/his success in implementing this plan.
  4. From time to time, personal and/or family circumstances may arise that require an untenured faculty member to need to request that her/his 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 Procedure Governing Modification of the Faculty Probationary Period is included in the University Policy Register (see, University Policy Register 3342-6-13).