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.

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.

Evidence of scholarship requisite for qualification for tenure shall be an appropriate mix of refereed journal articles appearing in outlets described in Table 1. Criteria for assessing scholarship performance for Kent campus are described in Table 2. Criteria for assessing scholarship performance for Regional campuses are described in Table 3.


  1. Table 1. Appropriate Outlets for Research

    Journal Ranking for Guidance in RTP Decisions is listed in the Department's web site at:  http://mis.kent.edu/jl.php or through the Department office.

    A+ Journals

    Highest ranking journals in discipline as measured by criteria established by the college

    A Journals

    High ranking journals in discipline as measured by criteria established by the college

    B Journals

    Middle tier journals

    C Journals

    Low tier journals, book chapters, conference proceedings

    For the purpose of evaluating candidates’ scholarship and research for tenure and promotion, the points in Tables 2 and 3 are determined by assigning journal publication levels the following point values: