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Tenure and Promotion

The policies and procedures for tenure are included in the University policy and procedures regarding faculty tenure (See, University Policy Register 3342-6-14) and the policies and procedures for promotion are included in the University policy and procedures regarding faculty promotion (See, University Policy Register 3342-6-15).  Each academic year, tenure and promotion guidelines for Kent and Regional Campus faculty are distributed by the Office of the Provost.

  1. Tenure

    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.

  2. Promotion to Associate Professor

    Tenure and promotion are separate decisions. Promotion is recognition based on a candidate’s accomplishments completed during the review period and promotion decisions are based on papers published, grants received and graduate students graduated during the review period, as well as teaching evaluations and service to the University. 

    Promotion to Associate Professor is recognition for establishing a career likely to achieve national/international prominence as evidenced by papers published in refereed scientific literature, students graduated, etc.  As one of the senior ranks in academia, promotion to associate professor is earned by a requisite degree of effort and efficacy that goes beyond the minimum criteria for tenure. Promotion decision is governed by two major classes of criteria—academic credentials and university experience, and academic performance and service. While the former describes the nominal minimums of credentials and time-in-rank necessary for promotion consideration, the latter refers to the record of actual performance and accomplishments of the candidate.

    Under university regulations, a faculty member will usually not be considered for advancement to this rank until completion of 5 years as an assistant professor, but in extraordinary cases may be considered after completion of fewer years as an assistant professor. An initial appointment at the rank of associate professor may carry tenure. The right to early submission for promotion is provided without prejudice.

  3. Promotion to Full Professor

    Promotion to Professor recognizes the highest level of university achievement and national/international prominence. This is the most senior rank in academia. Consequently, the successful candidate for promotion to professor must have demonstrated a commendable and continuing record of activity across the domain of department criteria of professional performance and department citizenship in the time period preceding submission for promotion to professor.

    Candidates for promotion to professor are expected to show evidence of research leadership, demonstrated by sole authorship of A+, A, or B papers in recognized refereed journals, first authorship on a significant number of publications, and other similar forms of excellent professional performance. A faculty member may be considered for advancement to this rank after completing 5 years as an associate professor. An initial appointment at the rank of professor may carry tenure.

    Many factors and criteria, both subjective and objective, are considered in recommending a faculty member for tenure and advancement in academic rank. The overall evaluation of a candidate for tenure and promotion shall include consideration of the faculty member's personal integrity and professional behavior as recognized by the University community.  A sound ethical approach to all aspects of teaching, research, publication, and the academic profession are expected of all who seek tenure and promotion in the Department.