Non-Tenure Track Faculty | Management & Information Systems Handbook | Kent State University

Non-Tenure Track Faculty

By the very nature of their appointment and qualifications (minimum of a master’s degree in cognate discipline and years of work experience) at initial hire, an NTT faculty may fall into the Practitioners category. For an NTT faculty, the specific types of activities they are required to be engaged in to maintain currency includes the following:

  • Publication of peer-reviewed journal articles, non-peer reviewed articles, papers published in proceedings, books, and chapters in books;
  • Attendance or presentations at regional, national and international academic or professional conferences;
  • Holding leadership roles in national associations;
  • Serving on boards of directors;
  • Engaging in consulting activities;
  • Working as a practitioner in the field;
  • Attendance at workshops at professional association meetings;
  • Attendance at teaching seminars offered either internally or externally, and professional training.

An NTT faculty member must have engaged substantially in at least two of these activities in the past five years in order to be considered Scholarly Practitioner.

In consideration of these requirements, and subject to resource availability and programmatic needs of the Department, the Chair may adjust an NTT’s workload to reflect her/his engagement in these and other service activities. Lack of progress toward the SP designation may adversely affect the faculty member’s employment in the Department.

Further, the AACSB guidelines for faculty sufficiency classify a faculty member as either participating (P) or supporting (S), with the former being preferred. To be classified as participating faculty, an NTT faculty member must have engaged in at least two or more service activities such as student advising, governance, committee membership, new course development, scholarship related to her/his discipline, etc.