There are no more important decisions made concerning the relationships between the University and its faculty than those related to promotion to higher rank, tenure with its implication of lifelong appointment with the University, and reappointment for probationary faculty. Consequently, the policies and procedures which govern these decisions are elaborated in some detail within the structure of University regulations.
Reappointment, tenure, and promotion within the Regional Campus system follow the Kent Campus pattern, but with some important differences. First, promotion and tenure decisions provide for an advisory and recommendatory role for the faculty advisory group at the individual campus and for the Campus Dean and Chief Administrative Officer. The procedure recognizes that Regional Campus faculty hold membership and rank in an academic department while discharging their responsibilities and holding tenure within the Regional Campus System.
Criteria for consideration of candidates for reappointment, tenure and promotion as well as minimal expectations of performance and years in rank, are described in detail or referenced in the original appointment letter, in the relevant University policies, and in materials circulated annually at the onset of the review process. Additional and more specific criteria may be found in departmental handbooks, the handbooks of the regional campuses, the Collective Bargaining Agreements, and in materials circulated annually at the onset of the review process.
Substantive criteria, developed departmentally and collegially, are elaborated in the departmental, school, and college handbooks. University guidelines must also be observed. These guidelines are included in the documents circulated annually by the Provost’s Office.
All regular, full-time, probationary, tenure-track faculty will go through a reappointment review as outlined in the university reappointment policy. Candidates should refer to their department/school/college guidelines for reappointment criteria and procedures. Because of the special mission of the Kent State University at East Liverpool, a candidate will be expected to submit evidence of the strength in the act of teaching and service/university citizenship. In addition, evidence of appropriate research and creative activity is expected.
Non tenure-track faculty (NTT) are reviewed according to the guidelines outlined in their own Collective Bargaining Agreement and their academic unit. In evaluating NTT candidates for reappointment on the teaching track, primary consideration will be given to demonstrating strength in the act of teaching.
All regular, full-time, probationary, tenure-track faculty are eligible at certain times for tenure review according to years of service and rank differentiations. These are described in the materials distributed annually by the Office of the Provost.
Regional Campus faculty who receive tenure are tenured in the Regional Campuses and not on the Kent Campus. Conversely, Kent Campus faculty who are tenured are tenured on the Kent Campus and not in the Regional Campuses according to University Policy 8-01.1: ADMINISTRATIVE POLICY REGARDING FACULTY TENURE IN REGIONAL CAMPUSES
The granting of tenure is a deliberate and important decision. Essentially those involved in making a tenure decision are asking the question, “Is this person likely to make a positive contribution to his/her discipline, unit, campus, university and community over the long term?”
Faculty should refer to the departmental/school and university guidelines for tenure criteria. Because of the special mission of the East Liverpool Campus, a candidate will be expected to submit evidence of strength in the act of teaching and university citizenship. In addition, evidence of appropriate activity scholarly research or creative activity is expected (see weighting criteria in Section C).
All regular, full-time tenured and probationary faculty are eligible at certain times for promotion review according to years of service and rank differentiations. These are described in the materials distributed annually by the Office of the Provost.
Although tenure is held in the Regional Campuses, academic rank is held in the department, school, or college. Therefore, the individual should refer to his/her academic department/school/college handbook for criteria for promotion. The criteria for promotion are established by the department/school/college in consultation with faculty.
A major consideration for promotion to all ranks will be documented evidence of strength in teaching and service/university citizenship. In the area of citizenship, evidence of campus leadership commensurate with rank should be demonstrated. Scholarship that is recognized nationally and internationally tends to be necessary for promotion to full professor.
FT-NTT Faculty members hold appointments at one (1) of the following six (6) academic ranks: Lecturer, Associate Lecturer, Senior Lecturer, Assistant Professor, Associate Professor, or Professor. The academic ranks of Lecturer, Associate Lecturer and Senior Lecturer are reserved for FT-NTT Faculty members who have not earned a terminal degree in their discipline, but whose professional experience and demonstrated performance warrant these ranks. The academic ranks of Assistant Professor, Associate Professor and Professor are reserved for FT-NTT Faculty members who have earned the terminal degree in their discipline and whose professional experience and demonstrated performance warrant these ranks. (NTT Collective Bargaining Agreement).
FT-NTT faculty members who have completed five (5) consecutive years of employment as an FT-NTT faculty member and one (1) successful Full Performance Review may apply for promotion to the rank of Associate Lecturer/Associate Professor, as applicable, at the time of their second Full Performance Review or with any scheduled performance review thereafter.
Normally, FTNTT faculty members at the rank of Associate Lecturer/Associate Professor may apply for promotion to the rank of Senior Lecturer/Professor, as applicable, in any year after five full years in rank as an Associate Lecturer/Associate Professor (NTT Collective Bargaining Agreement, ADDENDUM C).
Promotion is from rank to rank and is sequential. NTT Faculty can apply for promotion in the third year of a cycle of three (3) one year annually renewable appointments after the member has successfully passed one Full Performance Review. However, the campus faculty do not advise on the promotion of NTT faculty. The candidates who are standing for reappointment and/or (NTT) promotion should consult with their specific Department, College, or academic unit to receive guidance in preparing their files. Such candidates should also receive and follow the guidelines and protocols defined in NTT Collective Bargaining Agreement.