Evaluation of Scholarship | Kent State University

Evaluation of Scholarship

Though scholarship may take various forms, all work must go through a substantive review process. The FAC will verify this process.  Where author ranking is nonrandom, sole-authored pieces indicate greater independence and contribution than co-authored work.  Points awarded reflect such ranking.

  1. Publications and Scholarly Creative Activity

    1.   Journal Articles.  The FAC will evaluate the quality of the journal by taking into account its reputation, acceptance/rejection rates, 5 year average of impact scores, availability/size of audience or subscription base, reputation of editors/editorial board, and reputation of authors publishing in the journal.  Journals with impact scores in the top third of journals in the field of sociology or criminology/criminal justice will be considered Tier I.  For sub-fields the candidate will present the 5 year average impact scores for the comparable journals and the top third of those journals will be considered Tier I. (Five year impact scores can be obtained by going to the Journal Citation Reports link at the KSU Library Database.  The url is: http://admin-apps.webofknowledge.com/JCR/JCR?PointOfEntry=Home&SID=1B4cq9Rxq6h8VAZP7Sq

    Tier I.     Articles in top peer-reviewed journals

               Points: First/Sole Author: 50; Multiple Authors: 40-20

    Tier II.    Articles in second tier peer-reviewed Journals

               Points: First/Sole Author: 40; Multiple Authors: 30-15

    2.   Book Chapters.  The FAC will evaluate the quality of the chapter.  In order to evaluate the quality of the chapter the applicant should provide as much detail as possible including information about the reputation and prestige of the press, editors, selection process, critical reception of the book, etc.

              Points: First/Sole Author: 40-10; Multiple Authors: 20-5

    3.   Other publications (commissioned reports, encyclopedia entries, etc.)

                 Points: First/Sole Author10-5; Multiple Authors: 5-2

    4.   Books.  Books will be evaluated on the following criteria:  whether books are peer-reviewed by substantive experts, whether the press is a university press publishing for an academic audience, the general reputation of the publisher, the qualifications of the editor, and the reputation of authors publishing with the press.  Generally, books will receive different valuations based on their substantive purpose (ranked below):

    a.   Original manuscripts
    Tier I:  Tier I university/non-university press
               Points: First/Sole Author: 200; Multiple Authors: 160-80
    Tier II: Non-Tier I university/non-university press
               Points: First/Sole Author: 160; Multiple Authors: 120-60
    b.   Edited collections
               Points: First/Sole Editor: 75; Multiple Editors: 50-25
    c.   Textbooks .
              Points: First/Sole Author: 50; Multiple Authors: 25
    d.   New textbook editions
               Points: First/Sole Author: 15; Multiple Authors: 10

    5.         Scholarly creative work
    Scholarly creative work
    a.   Films [assessment:  external reviews, festival placement, reputable cable dissemination (i.e., PBS, History Channel, etc.). Points will be allocated for films shown for the first time in the merit period.
               Points: First/Sole: 100-25; Multiple: 75-15 (Points assigned based on quality of the outlet)

  2. Grants and Contracts

    Merit is determined by faculty role, level of funding, and grant time period.  The maximum amount of points for proposals resubmitted or not awarded is 30.

    1.   External Grant Activity (Sole or First Author/Multiple Author)

    a.    Federal, National and International Foundation proposals
    Federal and foundation proposal over $150k, funded
    Points: First/Sole:  200; Multiple: 160-80

    Federal and Foundation proposals over $150k, not funded
    Points: First/Sole: 25; Multiple: 20

    Federal and foundation proposal $50k – 149K, funded
     Points: First/Sole: 160; Multiple: 120-60

    Federal and foundation proposal $50k – 149k, not funded
    Points: First/Sole: 20; Multiple: 15

    Federal and foundation proposal under $50k, funded
    Points: First/Sole: 60; Multiple: 40-20

    Federal and foundation proposal under $50k, not funded
    Points: First/Sole: 10; Multiple: 5

    Federal and foundation proposal, resubmitted and not funded
     Points: First/Sole: 10 Multiple: 5

    Federal Continuation (fee-producing extension)
    Points: First/Sole: 10; Multiple: 5

    b.    State proposals
    State proposal funded
    Points: First/Sole: 80; Multiple: 60-30

    State proposal, not funded
    Points: First/Sole: 10; Multiple: 5

    State continuation (fee-producing extension)
    Points: First/Sole: 10; Multiple: 5

    Other sponsors (local, regional, agency, corporate), funded
    Points: First/Sole: 20; Multiple: 10

    Other sponsors (local, regional, agency, corporate), not funded
     Points: First/Sole: 10; Multiple: 5
    2.    Intramural Grant Activity

    a.    University or college proposals
    Over $10k, funded
    Points: First/Sole: 20; Multiple: 15
     
    Under $10k, funded
    Points: First/Sole: 20; Multiple: 15

    Research and Creativity Award, funded
    Points: First/Sole: 10; Multiple: 5
     

  3. Graduate Research Training

    Faculty may request research merit when their graduate students are successful in highly valued research activities.  Generally, training merit is allotted only in the following instances but faculty may request consideration when other significant student research achievement occurs.  These points are awarded in addition to those claimed in sections A and B.

    a.    External dissertation grant (i.e., NSF Dissertation Improvement Grant, NIH Pre-doctoral National Research Award, NIJ Graduate Research Fellowship, Social Science Research Council etc.)
               Points: First/Sole: 60; Multiple: 40-20

    b.    National dissertation/thesis award (i.e., ASA’s Dissertation Award, etc.)
               Points: First/Sole: 15; Multiple: 10 points

    c.    Intramural dissertation/thesis grant (i.e., University Fellowship, etc.)
              Points: First/Sole: 10; Multiple: 5 points –Co-authored research publication (with student as first or second author) these are additional to points given for the publication itself.
     

  4. Presentations

    Conference presentations are a useful indicator of sustained intellectual involvement and should reflect the life of a research project from initial stages to publication.  The maximum number of points awarded for presentation activity is 20.

    1.    Academic Conference Presentations. Please include professional organization and faculty role.
        a.   Conference plenary speaker
               Points: 10 – recognizes “major” contribution
        b.   Invited Panel (i.e., Author meets critics, Special topics panel)
               Points: Presenter: 7; Author: 3 – recognizes “significant” contribution
    c.    Presentation – Panel/Regular Session
                Points: Presenter 5; Author: 2
    d.    Presentation -Roundtable
               Points: Presenter: 3: Author: 1– recognizes scholarly participation

    2.    Academic, Community and Organization Presentations.
        a.   Plenary speaker
               Points: 7
        b.   Invited talks
               Points: 3 points
    b.    Colloquium or brown bag
                Points: 1 point
     

  5. Research Acknowledgements and Awards

    In addition to acknowledging the excellent scholarship of our faculty, awards bring prestige to the department and university.  As such, they are highly valued items.

    a.    International or National Association Research Award
    (E.g. ASA W.E.B. Distinguished Scholarship Award, ASC Thorsten Sellin & Sheldon and Eleanor Glueck Award, ASC Michael J. Hindelang Award )
                Points: 200
    b.   International or National Association Disciplinary Research Career Award
    (E.g. ASA Social Psychology Section Cooley-Mead Award,  ASC Division on Women and Crime Distinguished Scholar Award, ASC Division of International Criminology Freda Adler Distinguished Scholar Award): Points: 100
    c.   International or National Association Disciplinary Research Award
    (E.g. ASA Emotion’s Distinguished Book Award)
               Points: 50
    b.    Regional Research Awards (i.e., NCSA’s Distinguished Book Award)
               Points: 25
    c.    University Research Award
           Points: 15
    d.    College Research Award
           Points: 10