Scholarship

  1. Scholarship includes the process of creating and disseminating new research-based knowledge within the candidate’s field or a closely related field. Scholarship also includes the creation and dissemination of new and multi-disciplinary knowledge that extends beyond the traditional boundaries of their discipline. It also involves the rethinking of current knowledge in order to present new understandings or interpretation of theoretical and practical information that exists in their field. 
  2. Scholarship is an essential and critical component of University activity. The originality, quality, impact and value of the work must be assessed. To assist this process, the tenure or promotion candidate shall submit to the Dean the names of at least three experts in her/his field who are considered capable of judging the candidate's work. Recommended reviewers must be approved and contacted by the Dean and other reviewers may be added by the Dean in accordance with University policy. Moreover, the candidate must provide the ad hoc RTP Committee with ample descriptive evidence of his/her scholarly activity. A faculty member's specific area of specialization may be a factor in the number and size of grants received and in the scope and time required for research and the resulting publications. 
  3. In addition to funded research and scholarly publications, other scholarly activities including but not limited to serving on national grant review bodies, presenting at refereed professional meetings, chairing society committees, and presenting papers before learned societies should be considered. These later activities complement scholarly publications and grant funded research. Faculty members are encouraged to hold membership in professional societies, attend and participate in institutes and seminars, organize institutes, seminars, and workshops, insofar as such activities enhance their professional competency. 
  4. Journals and other peer-reviewed publications and presentations are evaluated based on their scope and reputation, and on the refereeing process to which submissions are subjected. Candidates for tenure and promotion must describe how the peer review takes place and the competitiveness of the forum reviewing the work.
  5. Standards for the Evaluation of Scholarship
    1. The evaluation components for the assessment of scholarship for tenure and promotion are shown in Table 3-2A. All tenured/tenure track faculty of the College are expected to demonstrate excellence in scholarship by achieving at a minimum an “Excellent” rating in the scholarship category. The indicators used to assess the quality of scholarly activity are provided in Table 3-2B. 
    2. Table 3-2B provides a list of the scholarly activities recognized by the CAE that should be used as criteria for evaluating a candidate's performance in scholarship for tenure or promotion.
    3. Indicators of the quality of a faculty member’s research record include the quality and quantity of published work as well as the faculty member’s success in obtaining extramural funds. All faculty members in the College are expected to produce records of scholarship that reflect their disciplinary focus, and the attributes of an individual faculty member’s scholarly activity will vary across disciplines.
    4. To achieve an “Excellent” or “Outstanding” rating in the category of the scholarship at the time a faculty member stands for tenure and promotion, he/she should have established a record which demonstrates an impact upon his/her discipline. Within this context, each faculty member who will seek tenure or promotion is obligated to provide evidence supporting his/her scholarly record. This obligation will be met by providing specific information about their scholarly activities including such things as: article and journal quality and impact; funding history and plans; and/or a description in the faculty member’s materials of any other evidence of scholarship that the faculty member deems appropriate. In turn, the members of the College's ad hoc RTP Committee and the Dean shall evaluate a candidate’s record in light of the College's expectations for a successful tenure or promotion decision. 
  1. Table 3-2A Performance Levels for Assessment of Scholarship for Tenure and Promotion


    Table 3-2A. Performance Levels for Assessment of Scholarship for Tenure and Promotion

    Level

     

    Scholarship

    Outstanding

    Definition: Nationally/Internationally acclaimed scholarship. 

     

    Accomplishments: During the candidate’s review period, meets all of the following criteria.

     

    1) At least five peer-reviewed publications in the discipline. At least two instances must be in a peer-reviewed journal.1

     

    2) At least one significant externally-funded grant (funding, equipment, software, in-kind support, etc.) 1

     

    3) At least two poster/oral presentations at a regional/national/ international conference, meeting, symposium, workshop, seminar, etc.

    4) Completes at least 40 instances of the items listed in Table 3-2B (Criteria for Evaluation of Scholarship), to include at least 15 instances of the items associated with “Exemplary” activities/accomplishments.

     

    5) Possesses the terminal degree, as defined in Appendix A (Required/Terminal Degrees) of this Handbook, in the candidate’s primary academic program area or in an appropriately-related field.

    Outstanding

    Definition: Nationally/Internationally acclaimed scholarship. 

     

    Accomplishments: During the candidate’s review period, meets all of the following criteria.

     

    1) At least five peer-reviewed publications in the discipline. At least two instances must be in a peer-reviewed journal.1

     

    2) At least one significant externally-funded grant (funding, equipment, software, in-kind support, etc.) 1

     

    3) At least two poster/oral presentations at a regional/national/ international conference, meeting, symposium, workshop, seminar, etc.

    4) Completes at least 40 instances of the items listed in Table 3-2B (Criteria for Evaluation of Scholarship), to include at least 15 instances of the items associated with “Exemplary” activities/accomplishments.

     

    5) Possesses the terminal degree, as defined in Appendix A (Required/Terminal Degrees) of this Handbook, in the candidate’s primary academic program area or in an appropriately-related field.

    Very Good

    Definition: Emerging nationally recognized scholarship.

     

    Accomplishments: Meets all of the following criteria.

     

    1A) For Six-year Tenure Track appointments or promotion to Associate Professor: At least three peer-reviewed publications in the discipline. At least one instance must be in a peer-reviewed journal.1

     

    1B) For Three-year Tenure Track appointments or accelerated promotion to Associate Professor: At least one peer-reviewed journal publication in the discipline.1

     

    2) At least one significant externally-funded grant proposal (funding, equipment, software, in-kind support, etc.) 1

     

    3A) For Six-year Tenure Track appointments or promotion to Associate Professor: At least one poster/oral presentation at a regional/national/ international conference, meeting, symposium, workshop, seminar, etc.

     

    3B) For Three-year Tenure Track appointments or accelerated promotion to Associate Professor: At least one poster/oral presentation at a regional/national/ international conference, meeting, symposium, workshop, seminar, etc.

     

    4A) For Six-year Tenure Track appointments or promotion to Associate Professor: Completes at least 20 instances of the items listed in Table 3-2B (Criteria for Evaluation of Scholarship), to include at least five instances of the items associated with “Exemplary” activities/accomplishments.

     

    4B) For Three-year Tenure Track appointments or accelerated promotion to Associate Professor: Completes at least 10 instances of the items listed in Table 3-2B (Criteria for Evaluation of Scholarship), to include at least three instances of the items associated with “Exemplary” activities/accomplishments.

     

    5) Possession of the terminal degree, as defined in Appendix A (Required/Terminal Degrees) of this Handbook, in the candidate’s primary academic program area or in an appropriately-related field.

    Good

    Definition: Active scholarship.

    Accomplishments: Meets all of the following criteria.

     

    1A) For Six-year Tenure Track appointments or promotion to Associate Professor: At least two peer-reviewed publications in the discipline. At least one instance must be in a peer-reviewed journal.1

     

    1B) For Three-year Tenure Track appointments or accelerated promotion to Associate Professor: At least one peer-reviewed publication in the discipline.1

     

    2) At least one significant externally-funded grant proposal (funding, equipment, software, in-kind support, etc.) 1

     

    3A) For Six-year Tenure Track appointments or promotion to Associate Professor: At least one poster/oral presentation at a regional/national/ international conference, meeting, symposium, workshop, seminar, etc.

     

    3B) For Three-year Tenure Track appointments or accelerated promotion to Associate Professor: At least one poster/oral presentation at a regional/national/ international conference, meeting, symposium, workshop, seminar, etc.

     

    4A) For Six-year Tenure Track appointments or promotion to Associate Professor: Completes at least 15 instances of the items listed in Table 3-2B (Criteria for Evaluation of Scholarship), to include at least three instances of the items associated with “Exemplary” activities/accomplishments.

     

    4B) For Three-year Tenure Track appointments or accelerated promotion to Associate Professor: Completes at least eight instances of the items listed in Table 3-2B (Criteria for Evaluation of Scholarship), to include at least two instances of the items associated with “Exemplary” activities/accomplishments.

     

    5) Possession of the terminal degree, as defined in Appendix A (Required/Terminal Degrees) of this Handbook, in the candidate’s primary academic program area or in an appropriately-related field.

     

    Weak

    Definition: Limited scholarship.

     

    Accomplishments: Meets all of the following criteria.

     

    1A) For Six-year Tenure Track appointments or promotion to Associate Professor: Only one peer-reviewed publication in the discipline. 1

     

    1B) For Three-year Tenure Track appointments or accelerated promotion to Associate Professor: Only one peer-reviewed publication in the discipline.1

     

    2) One or less significant externally-funded grant proposal (funding, equipment, software, in-kind support, etc.) 1

     

    3A) For Six-year Tenure Track appointments or promotion to Associate Professor: Only one poster/oral presentations at a regional/national/ international conference, meeting, symposium, workshop, seminar, etc.

     

    3B) For Three-year Tenure Track appointments or accelerated promotion to Associate Professor: One or less poster/oral presentation at a regional/national/ international conference, meeting, symposium, workshop, seminar, etc.

     

    4A) For Six-year Tenure Track appointments or promotion to Associate Professor: Completes at least 10 instances of the items listed in Table 3-2B (Criteria for Evaluation of Scholarship), to include at least two instances of the items associated with “Exemplary” activities/accomplishments.

     

    4B) For Three-year Tenure Track appointments or accelerated promotion to Associate Professor: Completes at least five instances of the items listed in Table 3-2B (Criteria for Evaluation of Scholarship), to include at least one instance of the items associated with “Exemplary” activities/accomplishments.

     

    5) Possession of the terminal degree, as defined in Appendix A (Required/Terminal Degrees) of this Handbook, in the candidate’s primary academic program area or in an appropriately-related field.

     

    Poor

    Definition:  No scholarship.

    Accomplishments: Does not meet all of the criteria for the “Weak” level of Scholarship


    1Exceptions may be granted to those faculty whose primary responsibilities are in the Air Traffic Control, Aviation Management, Aviation Human Factors, or Aviation Safety academic areas.

  2. Table 3-2B Criteria for Evaluation of Performance in Scholarship

    1. Table 3-2B. Criteria for Evaluation of Performance in Scholarship
       

      CAE Guidelines

      Criteria for Evaluation of Performance

      Tenured/Tenure-Track Faculty

       

      Scholarship

       

      Reviewers will base their evaluation upon the documented degree of excellence achieved in Scholarship for those activities that are related to the applicant’s discipline. The candidate is expected to provide a clear explanation of the nature and importance of accomplishments, initiatives taken, leadership roles, etc. Reviewers will be looking for specifics.

       

      It is the responsibility of the candidate to demonstrate the significance of their scholarly efforts and activities. Documentation of those efforts should demonstrate the degree of application to Scholarship such as the impact on the profession or discipline, professional growth, etc.  It is the candidate’s responsibility to identify the nature and importance of an activity, their role in the activity, and their level of participation and contribution to the activity. For publications and presentations, the candidate should describe the importance of the organization/group involved, the publication medium, and/or the meeting forum.  For peer-reviewed items the candidate should describe the peer-review venue/forum and should describe the review process, the review panel composition, the number of articles received, and the number of articles accepted. For research efforts, the candidate should describe the significance and importance of their research.

       

      The activities listed below are not all-inclusive and the committee may consider items submitted by the faculty member that are not listed, but are relevant.

       

       

      Viewed as Exemplary:
       

      • Membership as a board member, officer, official, or consultant in professional standards, regulatory, or advisory organizations
      • Refereed/peer-reviewed papers published in the highest-tier journals in the discipline
      • Refereed/peer-reviewed papers published in the middle-tier journals in the discipline
      • Refereed/peer-reviewed papers published in the proceedings of highest-tier conferences/symposiums in the discipline
      • Refereed/peer-reviewed papers published in the proceedings of middle-tier conferences/symposiums in discipline
      • Authorship of a professional/scientific/technical book
      • Authorship of chapter(s) in a professional/scientific/technical book
      • Professional experience (e.g. consulting, paid or unpaid) related to the discipline
      • Membership by invitation in professional/scientific honor societies
      • Awarding of a patent within one's discipline
      • Establishment of a nationally/internationally recognized research program
      • Extramural/externally funded research or development grants; research or development seed grants
      • Research-related service to national, international, or regional organizations
      • Awards, recognition from national and international professional or scientific societies
      • Impact of scholarship in the profession as measured through an exceptional level of citations of published work
      • Membership as a board member, officer, official, or consultant in professional standards, regulatory, or advisory organizations
      • Chief editor of a professional or scientific journal or monograph
      • Panel moderator/director at a professional conference or meeting
      • Commercialization of a product or services related to one’s discipline
      • Leader and major contributor in establishing a new academic program
      • Leader and major contributor in establishing a nationally/internationally recognized research area/program
      • Leader and major contributor for the initial accreditation of an academic program
      • Keynote speaker at a professional conference/symposium/meeting
      • Advising/directing students in graduate research
      • Advising or sponsoring student design or engineering efforts in regional, national, or international competitions
      • Integration of new and emerging knowledge, technology, or methods into research or curriculum
      • Invited or refereed/peer-reviewed presentations or posters at professional or scholarly meetings, conferences, symposiums, or other forums
         


      Viewed as Favorable:
       

      • Authorship of non-refereed items publications such as technical reports, contractor reports, white papers, etc.
      • Book review of technical/professional/scientific books
      • Contributions to non-refereed professional newsletters, websites, blogs, and other forums
      • Unfunded grant proposals (including RFPs)
      • Pending grant proposals (including RFPs)
      • Awarding of patents outside one's discipline
      • Textbook reviewer or author of supplemental materials for an existing textbook
      • Papers published in the lower-tier journals in the discipline
      • Papers, articles, professional publications, and other scholarly publications in the discipline (non-refereed)
      • Editing a refereed journal, or reviewer of refereed journal articles or monographs
      • Advising students who present at Kent State University undergraduate or graduate research symposiums
      • Advising students who present at student national or regional conferences
      • Advising/directing students in undergraduate research
      • Advising students who present at Kent State University undergraduate or graduate research symposiums
      • Advising students who present at international, national, or regional conferences/symposiums
      • Advising/directing students in undergraduate research
      • Research or consulting partnerships with business, government, or industry that are discipline related
      • Significant participation in establishing a new academic program
      • Significant participation in establishing a nationally/internationally recognized research area/program
      • Significant participation in the initial accreditation of an academic program
      • Research-related service to state or local organizations
      • Impact of scholarship in the profession as measured through a significant level of citations of published work
      • Submitted papers/publications pending acceptance
      • Advising or sponsoring student design or engineering efforts in state or local competitions
      • Technical presentations at other departments or institutions
      • Non-refereed/non-peer reviewed presentations or posters presented at professional or scholarly meetings, conferences, symposiums, or other forums


      Viewed unfavorably and/or not considered:
       

      • Minimal activity with respect to scholarship
      • Poorly explained and/or poorly documented citations of any scholarly activity
      • Articles submitted for review but not accepted or in print
      • Scholarship in areas not related to discipline/assignment

       

      Notes on Scholarly Activities:

      • Publications include: papers in refereed/peer-reviewed journals of recognized quality, peer-reviewed conference proceedings, books, and book chapters.  Evaluation of publication record will include an assessment of quality and impact on the field as well as quantity.  Papers of exceptional length, impact and quality are given increased recognition. 

       

      • “Grants” refers to extramural funding where the role of the faculty member in securing the funding is clearly demonstrated and which are of sufficient magnitude to support research at a level and duration appropriate for the discipline. Grant support includes funding, software, equipment, materials, supplies, and personnel (graduate students, research technicians and/or post-doctoral associates).  “Seed Grants” are extramural grants that are not of sufficient magnitude to fully support doctoral students or are intramural grants.  "Seed Grants" should be designed to lead to successful applications for “Grants.” Grantsmanship should be commensurate with the field of research with the recognition that the dollar amount of awards varies among fields.  Faculty should identify their portion of the grant funding/support received for any grants that are awarded to multiple recipients.  

       

      • Recognitions from scientific societies include, for example, election to office, editorial board membership, editorship, etc.  Service to federal/state institutions includes service on federal proposal panels, site visits, and other research related activities.

       

      • Forthcoming and in-press works may be considered as part of the evaluation of a candidate’s work for tenure.
         
      • Integration refers to assimilating the emerging knowledge/technology in a new manner, using it in a new way, thereby contributing to new knowledge and new scholarship which must be demonstrated in the record.