Reappointment, Tenure, and Promotion

This section of the Handbook includes information concerning policies and procedures that govern processes of decision-making concerning such important issues as reappointment, tenure, and promotion of Tenured and Tenure-Track Faculty and reappointment of Non-Tenure Track Faculty within the Regional Campus system. In the case of academic personnel reviews, care should be taken to review the documents and instructions circulated early each fall semester by the Office of the Provost for specific procedures to be followed.

There are no more important decisions made concerning the relationships between the University and its faculty than those related to promotion to higher rank, tenure with its implication of lifelong appointment with the University, and reappointment for probationary faculty. Consequently, the policies and procedures which govern these decisions are elaborated in some detail in the University Policy Register (https://www.kent.edu/policyreg/chapter-6-personnel).

Promotion, tenure and reappointment within the Regional Campus system closely follow Kent Campus patterns, but provides for an advisory and recommendatory role for the RTP Committee of the Faculty Council at the individual campus and for the Campus Dean. This procedure recognizes that Regional Campus faculty hold membership in an academic department while discharging their responsibility at an assigned regional campus.

Criteria for consideration of candidates for promotion, tenure, and reappointment, as well as minimal expectations of performance and years in rank, are described in detail or referenced in the relevant University policies and in materials circulated annually at the onset of the review process. Additional and more specific criteria may be found in the Kent Campus unit handbooks and in the Salem Campus Handbook.

All Tenured and Tenure-Track Faculty are eligible at certain times for tenure and/or promotion review according to years of service and rank differentiations. These are described by the materials distributed by the Office of the Provost.  Faculty should be aware that under certain circumstances they may request the modification of the probationary period.  (See https://www.kent.edu/policyreg/university-policy-and-procedure-governing-modification-faculty-probationary-period.)

Although a faculty member may stand for both promotion and tenure at the same time, it should be remembered that these are two distinct personnel actions requiring separate procedures and timetables under separate guidelines.

The University establishes a timetable for personnel actions for faculty. This varies from year to year.  Faculty seeking promotion, tenure, or reappointment should determine this schedule well in advance of the fall semester. Faculty members are strongly encouraged to seek out institutional resources that are periodically made available by the University and AAUP regarding file organization and construction. As a practical matter, preparation of materials and consultation with the department chair should be ongoing.