Criteria for Granting Tenure | Department of Accounting Handbook – College of Business Administration | Kent State University

Criteria for Granting Tenure

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.  Essentially, those faculty members involved in making a tenure decision are asking the question: "Is this candidate likely to continue and sustain, in the long term, a program of high quality scholarship, teaching, and service relevant to the mission of the academic unit and the mission 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, excellence as a teacher, and has provided effective service. The candidate must also be expected to continue and sustain, over the long term, a program of high quality scholarship, teaching, and service relevant to the mission of the candidate's academic unit(s) and to the mission of the university.  The minimum requirement for tenure is a terminal degree in the discipline as defined by the AACSB.

The mutually supportive, complementary, and often overlapping areas that need to be considered include research that advances knowledge in accounting and/or related disciplines; the act of teaching as well as the planning and examination of pedagogical procedures; and service activities not necessarily tied to one’s special field of knowledge which make significant positive contributions to the advancement of the educational, scholarly and governance goals and missions of the University, College, Campus, Department, and profession.  For purposes of tenure the Department places importance on both research and teaching.  Although service receives substantially less weight than research and teaching, it is expected that all Faculty contribute positively in this area.  The service component includes the general value of the Faculty member to the Department; all Faculty are expected to positively contribute to the functioning of the Department.

To be eligible for tenure, the Department requires that a candidate shows a balanced portfolio of excellence across the three areas of research, teaching, and service.  In evaluating a candidate for tenure, there is an important judgment component; these criteria are meant to guide the reviewer but not replace the judgment of those reviewing the file.

A candidate will successfully meet the criteria for tenure if he/she has an excellent record in all three categories:  research, teaching, and service.  Refer to section III.1.A.i, Methods for Assessing Research, for explanations of the journal tiers and descriptions of effective/exemplar course delivery and design.

An excellent record in research would typically be an average of about one publication per year of peer-reviewed academic journal articles that includes at least one A+ or multiple A level journals with the remainder in B level journals.  Although it is acceptable to publish in disciplines other than accounting, the majority of the publications must be in accounting journals.  The successful candidate must display a strong pipeline of research in progress as well as a strong publication record.

The candidate must present a summary of his/her research agenda and how the publications and in-progress research fit into a defined research area.  Conference papers and presentations do not carry equal weight with published manuscripts.  However, these activities are encouraged as they improve the quality of the manuscript and add to the national reputation of the candidate.

Excellence in teaching is evidenced by either i) effective course design and exemplar course delivery or ii) exemplar course design and effective course delivery. 

An excellent record in service includes a demonstrated record of significant service to the Department, College, or University and significant value to the functioning of the Department.  Service to the profession and community can strengthen the service record but is not a substitute for service at the Department, College, and University level.