Criteria for Merit Evaluation | Kent State University

Criteria for Merit Evaluation

I.          Threshold Eligibility for Merit

         A.     Teaching threshold for merit in the research and scholarly activity category:


                  Student evaluations, peer evaluations, peer comments, etc. must indicate a performance sufficient to reach the acceptable range of evaluations found in comparable courses (comparable difficulty, comparable type of students, etc.)

            B.      Research and scholarly activity threshold for merit in the teaching category:

                     Documented contributions to the graduate program, e.g., service on thesis, dissertation committees and/or teaching graduate level courses, or other recognized, unspecified contribution to graduate level education.

II.         Merit Category I:  Teaching/Advising/Service

            A.     Teaching (should receive most consideration in merit category I)

                     1.      Minimal Expectations

                              Along with acceptable peer and student evaluations a candidate must have an acceptable teaching load, and participate in advising and service responsibilities.

                     2.      Merit

                              a.   Performance of approved teaching duties

                                       (1)        Outstanding student evaluations:  above the norm for comparable courses, e.g., service courses (nonmajors); descriptive courses; experimental laboratory courses, etc.

                                       (2)     Outstanding peer reviews and comments.

                              b.   Meritorious recognized teaching performance

                                       (1)     Teaching awards

                                       (2)        Extramural funds for teaching improvement

                                       (3)        Publishing in a pedagogical journal

                                       (4)        Publishing texts, lab manuals, etc.

                              c.   Special teaching efforts

                                       (1)        Recognized self-improvement (teaching workshops, courses, etc.)

                                       (2)     Grant applications

                                       (3)        Initiation of new courses (approved to meet demonstrated needs for program improvement)

                                       (4)     Evaluated individual studies

                                       (5)        Documented or verifiable unusual efforts in coordination of laboratories, seminars, etc.

                                       (6)     Verifiable off-duty efforts

                                       (7)        Other

                              d.      Advising

                                       (1)     Large numbers of student advisees

                                       (2)     Large numbers of student recommendations

                                       (3)        Special efforts

                              e.   Service

                                       (1)        Exceptional involvement, contributions or efforts in recognized committees (department, college, university)

                                                   (a)  Committees chaired

                                                   (b)  Time consuming committees

                                                   (c)  Numerous committees

                                       (2)        Special non-credit hour equivalent service

                                                   (a)  Departmental

                                                   (b)  Collegial and university

                                       (3)        Significant professional organization (BSCI) service, e.g., consulting

                                       (4)        Significant nonprofessional (non-BSCI) service, e.g., community service)

                                       (5)     Other special effort

III.       Merit category II:  Research/Scholarly Activities

            A.     Minimal Expectations

                     Individuals with teaching loads reduced for research activities are expected to show minimum productivity in all of the following areas:  attempts to obtain outside grant support; publications and/or presentations; attempts to obtain and properly advise graduate students; other activities indicative of an active research program.

            B.     Merit

                     1.      Grants obtained (and unusual number of grant applications)

                     2.     Publications

                              a.      Refereed books, monographs, chapters, review articles, etc.

                              b.      Refereed journal publications

                              c.   Large number of nonrefereed publications

                     3.      Presentations, particularly those invited or presented at prestigious professional meetings or institutes

                     4.     Unusual efforts in reviewing grants and manuscripts

                     5.      Advisor of graduate students completing advanced degrees

                     6.      Other special efforts