Tenure and Promotion

  1. The policies and procedures for tenure are included in the University Policy Regarding Faculty Tenure (see, A. University Policy Register 3342-6-14) and the policies and procedures for promotion are included in the University Policy Regarding Faculty Promotion (see, A.    University Policy Register 3342-6-15).  Each academic year, tenure and promotion guidelines for Kent and Regional Campus faculty are distributed by the Office of the Provost.
  2. Both the tenure decision and the promotion decision can include evaluation of accomplishments prior to arrival at Kent State University, when specified in the offer letter (i.e., years of “service credit” towards tenure and/or promotion).  Accomplishments while at Kent State are the key indicator of present and future success of a tenure-track faculty member.  These evaluations can include 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 (e.g., proposals submitted, grants received); graduate and undergraduate research students advised; presentations; teaching evaluations and peer reviews; university and professional service; and other professional activity.
  3. Many factors and criteria, both subjective and objective, are considered in recommending a faculty member for tenure and promotion.  The overall evaluation of a candidate for tenure and promotion shall 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 are expected of all who seek tenure and promotion in the College.
  4. Tenure and promotion are separate personnel actions and require separate decisions.  The criteria for tenure and promotion to the rank of Associate Professor are the same in the College.
    1. Tenure
      1. The granting of tenure is a decision that plays a crucial role in determining the quality of the University’s faculty and the national and international status of the University.
      2.  As such, the awarding of tenure must be based on convincing documented evidence that the faculty member: 
        1. has achieved a significant body of scholarship that is likely to have an impact on her/his discipline and that will ultimately result in the establishment of a nationally and internationally recognized research program, Level II in Table 3-1); 
        2. has demonstrated effectiveness as a teacher and mentor (Level II in Table 3-2);  and 
        3. has met the normal obligations for university service (Level II in Table 3-3).  
          The candidate should also be likely to continue and sustain, over the long term, a program of high-quality teaching and scholarship relevant to the mission of the College and to the mission of the University.
    2. Promotion
      1. As with tenure, promotion to Associate Professor must be based on convincing documented evidence that the faculty member:  
        1. has achieved a significant body of scholarship that is likely to have an impact on her/his discipline and that will ultimately result in the establishment of a nationally and internationally recognized research program (Level II in Table 3-1); 
        2. has demonstrated effectiveness as a teacher and mentor (Level II in Table 3-2); and 
        3.  has met the normal obligations for university service (Level II in Table 3-3). 
          The candidate should also be likely to continue and sustain, over the long term, a program of high-quality teaching and scholarship relevant to the mission of the College and to the mission of the University.
      2. Promotion to the rank of Professor recognizes the establishment of a nationally and internationally recognized research program that has had an impact on the field (Level I in Table 3-1).  A candidate for promotion to Professor must also have demonstrated effectiveness as a teacher and mentor (Level II in Table 3-2) and must have met the normal obligations for university citizenship (Level II in Table 3-3).