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Reappointment

Each academic year, a set of reappointment guidelines for Kent and Regional Campus faculty are distributed by the Office of the Provost.  Probationary tenure-track faculty members are reviewed by the Reappointment Committee (defined in Section III).  The FAC, in consultation with the Chairperson, assigns two faculty members to visit the classes of each probationary faculty member, interview students in the classes, and generally evaluate the teaching performance.   A written report is submitted to the Chairperson for placement in the candidate's file.  Probationary faculty will also create an updated file that is presented to the Chairperson who will make these materials available to the Reappointment Committee (Appendix VII).  Each probationary faculty member is discussed by the Reappointment Committee which then votes on a recommendation for reappointment.  The Chairperson independently assesses the accomplishments of each probationary faculty member and forwards the Chairperson's recommendation and the committee's recommendation to the Dean.  The Chairperson informs probationary faculty of the reappointment committee's deliberations and provides a copy of the recommendation made to the Dean of the College.  The Chairperson's recommendations are also available to the committee.  Probationary faculty members who are not to be reappointed must be notified according to the schedule established by the "Notification of Nonreappointment" in the CBA.  For faculty members at Regional campuses, reappointment, tenure, and promotion recommendations from the Chairperson are forwarded to the Dean of the College, the Vice President for Regional Campuses, and the appropriate Regional Campus Dean as described in Section IX.

Reappointment is contingent upon demonstration of adequate progress toward the requirements for tenure.  Moreover, the individual must have established and articulated short and long term plans for achieving these goals.  For faculty following the traditional tenure clock for Assistant Professors, the review after completion of three full years at Kent State (referred to below as the 3rd year review) is particularly critical.  For reappointment, these individuals should be at least at the “good” level for the Scholarship of Discovery, Integration and Application and the Scholarship of Teaching as defined in Section B, Tables 1 and 2.   Specific concerns expressed by the Ad Hoc Advisory committee and/or Chair during this stage of the probationary period should be addressed by the candidate in the subsequent reviews. Finally, the overall evaluation of a candidate for reappointment must include consideration of the individual's personal integrity and 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 reappointment in the department.

In the event that concerns about the candidate’s performance are raised during the reappointment process, the ad hoc committee and Chairperson shall provide detailed, prescriptive comments to serve as constructive feedback.  If such concerns arise during the review that occurs after completion of three full years, the chair, with the guidance of the FAC, will advise and work with the candidate on a suitable, positive plan for realignment with the tenure and promotion expectations; ultimately, the candidate is responsible for their success in implementing this plan.