Promotion | The Fashion School Handbook | Kent State University

Promotion

Promotions for full-time non-tenure track (NTT) faculty are governed by the applicable Collective Bargaining Agreement and are made annually. NTT faculty members can only apply for promotion during the Full Performance Review period, once they have completed two three-year terms, as documented in the CBA.

  1. Promotion Evaluation Criteria

    Many factors and criteria, both subjective and objective, are considered in recommending a faculty member for advancement in academic rank.  The School’s Ad Hoc RTP Committee shall consider the following areas of faculty performance when making recommendations on promotion.

    a. Teaching

    For NTT faculty, the FAC, in consultation with the Director, assigns two (2) faculty members to visit the classes of each probationary faculty member and/or candidate for promotion and generally evaluate the faculty member’s teaching performance.

    Criteria for the evaluation of the teaching can include development and revision of courses, peer evaluations of teaching performance, student feedback, developing creative teaching activities, and other relevant documentation. 

    Course revision is defined as making a substantial modification to a course such as developing several new laboratories, addition of distance learning options, formally proposing to change course content/format, etc.

    Other information such as written comments from students, colleagues within and beyond the School, College or University administrators shall be considered when available.  Peer reviews and summaries of Student Surveys of Instruction (including all student comments) must be submitted as part of a individual’s file for promotion. 

    Copies of representative syllabi, examinations, and other relevant teaching material should also be available for review.

    b. Professional Development

    Professional development can be an important component of evaluating promotion of NTT faculty’s University activity. The originality, quality, impact and value of the work must be assessed. 

    A NTT faculty member’s professional development may include industry participation (including professional workshop, shadowing, and consulting), Invited presentations/performance, professional practice (including freelance, consulting, and writing), and juried/peer reviewed creative activity.

    c. Service

    A NTT faculty member's contributions as a University citizen may include service to the School, the Campus, the College, and the University as appropriate to his/her NTT status.  The merits of University service should be evaluated as to (1) whether or not the individual Chaired the committee listed and (2) the importance of the service to the mission of the unit served.  Less tangible components of Service include active participation in School events such as faculty and graduate student recruitment, School meetings, and seminars, etc. Other components of Service that can be evaluated for NTT promotion include service to professional organization, University committee roles, presentations in or out of the University, and Student organization advising.

    Being an active and useful citizen of the School, Campus, College and University is expected and valued; however, service of any magnitude cannot be considered more important than a NTT’s instructional responsibilities.

    Other components of service are also considered (including public outreach and public and professional service) in promotion review decisions and may differ in their importance among faculty members depending on each faculty member’s duties and responsibilities within the School.

    Expectation in Service for promotion Associate Professor or Professor are higher than for promotions to Associate Lecturer or Senior Lecturer.