Tenure | Kent State University


Each spring semester the Chair shall inform faculty members of their eligibility for tenure consideration during the next academic year. Faculty members being considered for tenure are responsible for preparing and organizing their dossiers for the purpose of tenure review.

The granting of tenure is a decision that plays a crucial role in determining the quality of university faculty and the national and international status of the University.  The awarding of tenure must be based on convincing documented evidence that the faculty member has achieved a significant body of scholarship that has had an impact on her/his discipline, excellence as a teacher, and has provided effective service.  The candidate is also expected to continue and sustain, over the long term, a program of high quality teaching and scholarship, relevant to the mission of the candidate’s academic unit(s) and to the mission of the University. Tenure considerations can include evaluation of accomplishments prior to arrival at Kent State University to examine consistency, as well as grant proposals submitted but not funded, proposals pending, papers “in review” or “in press,” graduate students currently advised, and any other materials that may reflect on the candidate’s potential for a long-term successful career.  The tenure decision is based on all of the evidence available to determine the candidate’s potential to pursue a productive career.

Prima facie evidence of scholarship requisite for qualification for tenure shall be an appropriate mix of refereed journal articles, the majority of which appear in A+, A or B level journals.  The articles are expected to appear in the recommended College of Business Administration journal list or other journals demonstrated to be at least equivalent in quality.  The current College journal list is available from the department office.  The list may be updated by submitting information to the department FAC.

Probationary faculty whose appointment carries no years of credit toward tenure shall undergo mandatory tenure review in the sixth (6th) year of their appointment. An assistant professor whose appointment carries some years of credit toward tenure will undergo mandatory tenure review in the year less the number of years of credit. The maximum number of credit toward tenure for an assistant professor is 2 years. A probationary faculty may, however, elect to apply for early tenure consideration. If unsuccessful, the candidate shall be re-evaluated at the normal time without prejudice.