Criteria for Reappointment, Tenure, and Promotion | Kent State University

Criteria for Reappointment, Tenure, and Promotion

Candidates for reappointment, tenure, and promotion are evaluated on their teaching, scholarship, and service. Because the primary focus of Salem Campus is teaching, teaching is the major evaluative category (70%).  Candidates may choose to have their scholarship/creative activity and service weighted as either 10 or 20% of their evaluation; if, for example, scholarship is weighted at 10%, service must be weighted at 20%. Each year the candidate should specify the weighting of scholarship and research in the review file.

These percentages do not represent faculty workload but rather the weight that file reviewers should give to each category.

Teaching (70%)

Salem Campus expects candidates for reappointment to be moving from developing teachers in initial years of review to excellent teachers for tenure and to teacher-leaders for promotion. The following descriptions suggest ways to provide evidence of teaching practice.

Excellence in teaching may be evaluated in multiple ways, including but not limited to effective course design and teaching materials, a pattern of positive comments on student evaluations, supportive peer evaluations, on- going efforts to reflect upon and improve the act of teaching and positive Student Survey of Instruction scores.

A developing teacher:

  • Engages in innovative teaching practices
  • Participates in faculty professional development
  • Develops assignments, assessments, and other teaching artifacts
  • Assesses effectiveness of student learning
  • Reflects on teaching and teaching evaluations with action plans for improvement
  • Has good peer evaluations
  • Has good student evaluations

An excellent teacher:

  • Develops curricula
  • Develops teaching-related publications and presentations
  • Involves students in research and/or service learning
  • Advises and mentors students
  • Engages in innovative teaching practices
  • Participates in faculty development
  • Develops assignments, assessments, and other teaching artifacts
  • Reflects on teaching and teaching evaluations with action plans for improvement
  • Has good peer evaluations
  • Has good student evaluations

A teacher leader:

  • Develops community partnerships for learning
  • Assesses effectiveness continuously
  • Develops teaching-related publications and presentations
  • Involves students in research and/or service learning
  • Advises and mentors students and/or other faculty members
  • Engages in innovative teaching practices
  • Participates in and conducts faculty development
  • Develops assignments, assessments and other teaching artifacts
  • Reflects on teaching and teaching evaluations with action plans for improvement
  • Has excellent peer evaluations
  • Has excellent student evaluations
  • Receives recognition for teaching excellence

Scholarship/Creative Activity (10 or 20%)

Salem Campus expects tenure-track faculty members to engage in scholarly pursuits.  Candidates for reappointment should demonstrate clear plans for a research program that shows promise toward refereed publications and/or presentations. By the third year, candidates should show evidence of at least one refereed publication, presentation, or equivalent peer-reviewed scholarly/creative activity. By the tenure year, the candidates should have a developed research program with regular refereed publication and presentation.  For promotion to associate rank, candidates should show evidence of regional/national impact.  For promotion to professor, candidates should show evidence of national and/or international recognition, demonstrated by a record of scholarly work that has an impact on the discipline and/or teaching in higher education.

Other demonstrations of scholarship and creative activity include internal and external grants, publication and presentation about pedagogy, some forms of engagement with the community (production of oral histories, for example), performance events and exhibitions, as well as publication of poems, fiction, or creative non-fiction.

Service (10 or 20%)

Probationary faculty members are expected to participate in service at the campus level in the early years of reappointment.  In addition to campus service, faculty members approaching their tenure year should engage in department or university service. Faculty members striving for promotion should have a significant role in campus, department, college, and/or university governance as demonstrated by productive service on committees, active participation in significant events, effectively chairing committees, meaningful public outreach, and other professional service. Service to state, regional, national and international professional organizations is also valuable.  Because the Salem Campus is closely connected with the community, faculty members are encouraged to serve that community in meaningful ways.  Faculty service contributions should be documented.