Tenure-Track Faculty | Kent State University

Tenure-Track Faculty

As with the NTT faculty, TT Faculty are also required to engage in professional and academic activities other than instructional that will help them maintain currency in the fields in which they teach.

The preferred designation for TT faculty is SA.  In order to sustain their SA status Faculty members are expected to engage in development activities directly related to their area of teaching, including intellectual contributions, participation in professional or academic meetings, consulting, and other professional development activities. Examples of such activities include, but are not limited to:

  • Peer-reviewed journal articles,
  • Research monographs,
  • Scholarly books,
  • Chapters in scholarly books,
  • Textbooks,
  • Proceedings from scholarly meetings,
  • Presentations at regional, national or international academic or professional meetings,
  • Faculty research seminars,
  • Publications in trade journals,
  • Book reviews,
  • Published cases with instructional materials,
  • Technical reports related to funded research projects, etc.

To be considered Scholarly Academic, a Faculty member must have at least 6 intellectual contributions, as listed above, in the past five years, and either

     a.  for faculty teaching only undergraduate classes at least 2 of these must be peer reviewed journal articles, or

     b.  for faculty teaching at the graduate level at least 3 of these must be peer reviewed journal articles, and if teaching at the Ph.D. level at least one of these peer reviewed articles must be at the A+ or A level.

TT faculty members already engage in most of the activities listed under AACSB guidelines for faculty sufficiency such as student advising, governance, committee membership, new course development, scholarship related to discipline, etc. Therefore, they are classified as participating (P) faculty.

According to the College Handbook, Department Chairpersons are expected to consult with the Dean when creating the faculty’s annual workload statements. In general, the workload equivalencies for full-time faculty for research and scholarship will not exceed 9 credit hours per academic year. Workload equivalencies beyond 9 credit hours for research and scholarship may be granted only with prior approval of the Dean.

The faculty workload equivalencies policy of the department shall at all times be interpreted so as to guarantee that the overall set of task assignments among the faculty will meet the needs of the department to provide effective instruction for its students. It remains the responsibility of the Chair to see that this policy is carried out to this end, and therefore to apply these equivalencies with appropriate discretion and with advice of the FAC. Workload equivalencies are granted subject to resource availability and programmatic needs of the Department and may be modified due to programmatic exigencies.