Tenure and Promotion | Department of Biological Sciences Handbook | Kent State University

Tenure and Promotion

Tenure and promotion are separate decisions.  Promotion is a reward based on accomplishments completed during the review period; tenure is based on the projected potential career development.  For Kent campus faculty, promotion considerations are based on papers published, grants received and graduate students graduated during the review period, as well as teaching evaluations and service to the University and the scientific field.  For Regional campus faculty, promotion considerations include evaluation of research accomplishments, multiple aspects of citizenship and various evaluations of teaching.  In contrast to promotion, the tenure decision is based on all of the evidence available to determine the candidate’s potential to develop a successful career likely to result in eventual promotion to Full Professor.  Tenure considerations can include evaluation of accomplishments prior to arrival at Kent State to examine consistency as well as grant proposals submitted but not funded, proposals pending, papers “in review” or “in press”, graduate students currently advised, and any other materials that may reflect on the candidate’s potential for a long-term successful career.

Consideration for promotion to Full Professor differs from consideration for promotion to Associate Professor.  Promotion to Associate Professor is a reward for establishing a career likely to achieve national/international prominence as evidenced by extramural grants received, papers published in the refereed scientific literature, students graduated, etc.  Promotion to Full Professor is a reward to an individual for bringing their career to national/international prominence.  For Kent campus faculty, evidence for this prominence includes a record of sustained major extramural funding from highly competitive funding sources and a record of increased prominence in the field.  For Regional campus faculty, promotion to Full Professor requires demonstrated excellence in teaching and service to the campus and university, including assuming leadership responsibilities typical of senior faculty, and documented activity in the individual’s field of research.

It is recognized that there are many factors and criteria, both subjective and objective, to be considered in recommending an individual for academic advancement.  The criteria are related to the individual’s performance in the areas of Scholarship of Discovery, Integration, Application, and Teaching, as well as University Citizenship in the Department, the Campus, the College, the University, and to the Public (Appendix III).  It is also recognized the faculty differ in the nature of their appointments and that those that have administrative assignments devote a significant amount of time to those duties. For faculty who have administrative appointments, qualifications for tenure and promotion from Assistant to Associate Professor will be evaluated in light of the time assigned for administrative duties.

The overall evaluation of a candidate for tenure and promotion 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 promotion and tenure in the Department.