Criteria, Performance Expectations, and Department Procedures Relating to Faculty Excellence Awards | Kent State University

Criteria, Performance Expectations, and Department Procedures Relating to Faculty Excellence Awards

The University determines, usually through bargaining with AAUP-KSU, when Faculty Excellence Awards, sometimes described as merit awards, will be granted. At the time of each award, the University forwards guidelines for the awards. These guidelines will take precedence when there is a conflict between the procedures established in this section and the University guidelines for a specific faculty excellence award. Otherwise, the processes and procedures established in this section will be used to determine faculty excellence awards.

  1. General Guidelines

    A.    Faculty excellence (merit) awards in (1) Teaching, (2) Service and/or (3) Research and/or Creative Activity areas normally require meritorious performance in the respective area(s) for which Faculty Excellence Award consideration is being requested. It is the faculty member's responsibility to develop an adequate file to provide evidence of meritorious performance in either or both areas.

    B.    For Teaching, (2) Service and/or Research and/or Creative Activity Awards, activities prior to starting at KSU will not qualify; also, all publications must include KSU as an affiliation to qualify.

    C.    Procedures and guidelines will be the same from year to year unless the University makes changes or the FAC and accounting faculty propose changes which are subsequently approved. Preferably all changes should be made at the beginning of the merit time-period.

    D.    Files submitted after the University's established submission date will not be reviewed for merit pay.

    E.    The time-period covered by a merit review is established in the University guidelines for a particular faculty excellence award.

    F.     The allocation of funds across the three areas will be 50 percent for research, 30 percent for Teaching, and 20 percent for Service.

  2. Evidence for Teaching, and Creative Activity Faculty Excellence Awards

    A.    Faculty members submitting their file for Faculty Excellence Award consideration must organize their file using a three ring binder with a Faculty Excellence Award submission form, certificate of file completeness, current vitae, a summary of activities, and a summary letter in a summary section, and with evidence of meritorious performance divided into separate sections for (1) Teaching, (2) Service and (3) Research and/or Creative Activity evidence.

    B.    Faculty members submitting their merit file must follow a model file format as shown in the Appendix to this Handbook and provide the required documents and other evidence as available.  The final content of the file submitted is the responsibility of the individual faculty member.  Only evidence included in the file can be considered.  Missing evidence may result in a lower rating.

  3. Procedures for Merit Pay Review

    A.    The Faculty Advisory Committee will review each file submitted for (1) Teaching, (2) Service, and (3) Research and/or Creative Activity Faculty Activity Faculty Excellence Awards for the award period.

    B.    All award files will be reviewed by all Accounting Department FAC members. Each evaluator ranks all files except their own personal file along the dimensions of (1) Teaching, (2) Service, and (3) Research and/or Creative Activity. Possible rankings are High, Medium, Low, and None. The relevant form is shown in the Appendix to this Handbook.

    C.    The FAC rankings will be summarized by the department chair and returned to the FAC for review. The format of these summaries is shown in the Appendix to this Handbook.

    D.    The FAC will provide FAC recommendations to the department chair.

    E.    At that time, a copy of the chair's memorandum containing merit pay recommendations to the Dean will be provided to all Department tenured and tenure-track faculty. The chairperson, after consideration of the FAC recommendations, will make recommendations for merit pay to the Dean using rankings of High, Medium, Low and None.