Tenure and Promotion

The policies and procedures for tenure are included in the University policy and procedures regarding faculty tenure (See University Policy Register 3342-6-14)  and the policies and procedures for promotion are included in the University policy and procedures regarding faculty promotion (See University Policy Register 3342-6-15). Each academic year, tenure and promotion guidelines for Kent and Regional Campus faculty are distributed by the Office of the Provost. Tenure and promotion are separate decisions.

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. The awarding of tenure must be based on convincing documented evidence that the faculty member displays scholarly potential based on demonstrated excellence as well as the potential for continued excellence (as evidenced by works in progress, etc.) that will have an impact on her/his discipline. For the tenure decision, the Department requires documentation of all scholarly and university citizenship activities as defined above. The candidate for tenure should have demonstrated continuing development and growth in all the relevant areas of performance under review.

  1. Criteria for Tenure (Kent Campus)

    The Department requires that the scholarship and relevant professional activity of candidates for tenure be reviewed by scholars knowledgeable in the candidate's field or sub-field who do not hold academic appointments at Kent State University.  The candidate's file must contain a minimum of three letters from outside evaluators. After discussion with the Department Chairperson, the candidate for tenure supplies the Chairperson with a list and short scholarly biography of at least four persons who might serve in this capacity.  These scholars are to be specialists in the candidate's field and must carry at minimum the rank of associate professor; undergraduate and graduate advisors or mentors are excluded from the list of possible reviewers.  The Department Chairperson will select and contact reviewers from that list.  To preserve the professionalism of the process, the candidate will not communicate with the reviewers, but will supply the Chairperson with sufficient copies of his/her C.V., scholarly publications and presentations, and work in progress.  The Chairperson may also seek additional information and material that bears on the candidate's qualifications and performance.

    In terms of scholarship, candidates for tenure in the Department will be expected to provide evidence of ongoing scholarship, usually the receipt of a book publication contract from an appropriate press (after a process of scholarly review) for a historical monograph based on original research.  The scholarly monograph may be, but is not limited to, a revised doctoral dissertation.  The candidate's file must contain a copy of the book manuscript.

    The candidate is also expected to continue and sustain, over the long term, a program of high quality teaching, scholarship and activity relevant to the mission of the candidate's academic unit(s) and to the mission of the University. Tenure considerations can include evaluation of accomplishments prior to arrival at Kent State University 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. The tenure decision is based on all of the evidence available to determine the candidate's potential to pursue a productive career.

  2. Criteria for Tenure (Regional Campuses)

    In accordance with University Policy as set forth in the Collective Bargaining Agreement the Department of History recognizes that there can be differences in mission and teaching load at the Regional Campuses.  These variations will be considered when evaluating faculty for reappointment and tenure purposes.

    Candidates for review are not evaluated along single, isolated dimensions of performance, but rather on their whole performance, viewed as a unified, integrated record of a teacher, scholar, and university citizen. Because of the emphasis on teaching at the Regional Campuses the Department of History has determined that much greater weight will be given for excellent teaching with a record of scholarship and service also expected.

    Teaching is the primary goal at the regional campuses and faculty members have a special responsibility to demonstrate excellence in teaching. High quality teaching can be evaluated in a variety of ways, including but not limited to, curriculum development, student evaluations, peer observations, participation in professional development, innovative teaching practices, and engagement of students in research and service learning.  Excellence in teaching may also be demonstrated by pedagogical research related to the discipline and disseminated for peer review publication and presentation. 

    Scholarship with the discipline is necessary to remain current in teaching and a successful candidate for tenure must demonstrate scholarly activity. Scholarship can include, but is not limited to, peer reviewed publications, refereed presentations at professional meetings, research in oral histories, and internal and external grants.

    University Citizenship is also expected of all tenure-track faculty. By the time of the tenure review, the candidate must show a significant role in service at the campus, unit, and university levels. These activities can include, but are not limited to, participation on committees, involvement in community or university events, effectively chairing committees, specific administrative assignments, community outreach, and contributions to regional, national, or international professional organizations related to pedagogy or history.

  3. Criteria for Promotion to Associate - All Campuses

    The promotion to Associate is recognition based on a candidate's accomplishments completed during the review period and promotion decisions are usually based upon the publication of a historical monograph from an appropriate press after completion of a process of scholarly review. Publication is defined as either “in press” -- meaning that the manuscript had been peer reviewed, revised, and is at least at the copy-editing stage -­ or “in hand.” If the manuscript is at this point in the “in press” stage, the Department requires the candidate to request a letter from the press expressing its dedication to the final publication of the project. The original scholarly monograph may be, but is not limited to, a revised doctoral dissertation. The Promotion Committee also considers  a candidate's active scholarly performance (articles, book reviews, grant applications/funded, conferences) and excellence in the act of teaching as well as university citizenship as necessary in order to support the case for promotion to the rank of associate professor.

  4. Criteria for Promotion to Full Professor - All Campuses

    For promotion to the rank of Professor, candidates are expected to  have  attained, beyond the achievements used to attain previous promotion, additional achievements in their area of scholarship, which should be demonstrated either in the publication of a second scholarly historical monograph based on original research, or the publication by a peer-reviewed publisher of a combination of previously published articles based upon primary sources augmented by new scholarship. The Department considers letters requested from outside experts who carry the rank of professor as the basis for the assessment of significance in these categories of scholarship.

    Many factors and criteria, both subjective and objective, are considered in recommending a faculty member for tenure and advancement in academic rank. The overall evaluation of a candidate for tenure and promotion shall include consideration of the faculty member'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 tenure and promotion in the Department.