Tenure | Computer Science Handbook | Kent State University


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 tenure decision is based on all of the evidence available to determine the candidate’s potential to pursue a productive career that will likely result in eventual promotion to full Professor in the Department and will contribute to the development of the Department.

As such, the awarding of tenure must be based on convincing documented evidence that the faculty member 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 I in Table 5), demonstrated effectiveness as a teacher and mentor (Level II in Table 6), and meeting the normal obligations for university service (Level II in Table 7). 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 candidate’s academic unit(s) and to the mission of the University.