Promotion in rank shall be viewed as recognition of a faculty member's sustained and distinguished scholarship, teaching, and service. Promotion considerations are based on documented achievements while a faculty member at this institution, yet can include evaluation of accomplishments prior to appointment at Kent State University to examine consistency, as well as grant proposals submitted but not funded, proposals pending, creative works and papers “in review” or papers “in press,” graduate students currently advised, and any other materials that may reflect on the candidate’s potential for a long-term successful career. 

  1. Promotion to Associate Professor

    On the Kent campus, promotion to Associate Professor is recognition of a candidate for having established a career which has a research focus promising sustained development and which has begun to achieve national and/or international distinction deserving of an “excellent” or “very good” rating.  We recognize that not all TT faculty members will engage in every research activity, but distinction in scholarship will be evidenced by publications in refereed journals or with recognized presses; by exhibitions in prominent institutions, in distinguished company, or by selection of noteworthy individuals; by theses and projects directed; grants received; and/or by election to office in the relevant disciplinary/professional organization(s), and/or by appointment to boards or jury panels at the regional, national or international level as well as teaching evaluations and service to the University.

    Promotion is recognition based on a candidate’s accomplishments completed during the review period. For promotion from Assistant to Associate Professor, the faculty member must meet the criteria for an “excellent” rating in either “teaching” or “scholarship” with at least a “very good” rating in the other category. “Service” must at least meet the School expectation.

  2. Promotion to Professor

    On the Kent campus, promotion to Professor is recognition of a candidate for having brought his/her career to national or international prominence, with a demonstrated record of sustained scholarship and increased distinction in the discipline/field based on recognition by peers.  Promotion to Professor recognizes the highest level of university achievement and national/international prominence.  Evidence for this prominence includes a record of sustained scholarship and increased impact on the field.

    To achieve recognition for promotion to Full Professor, the candidate’s research/creative scholarship impact will be rated by peers as “excellent.” In addition to an “excellent” rating in research/creative scholarship, to achieve recognition for promotion to Full Professor, the candidate should also attain either an “excellent” rating in teaching or a rating of “exceeds expectations” in service.  The candidate will have made effective use of their professional and academic competence in service to the program, division, school, college, university, community, and/or profession.