Promotion to Associate Professor

On the Kent campus, promotion to Associate Professor is a recognition to an individual for having established a career which has a research focus promising sustained development and which has begun to achieve national and/or international distinction deserving of an “excellent” or “very good” rating. Such distinction in scholarly or creative activity will be evidenced by publications in refereed journals or with recognized presses; by exhibitions in prominent institutions, in distinguished company, or by selection of noteworthy individuals; by theses and projects directed; and/or by election to office in the relevant disciplinary/professional organization(s), and/or by appointment to boards or jury panels at the regional, national or international level.

Indicators of the quality of a faculty member’s research and creative activity record include the quality and quantity of performances, exhibitions, installations or published work as well as the faculty member’s success in obtaining extramural funds.  All faculty members in the School are expected to produce records of scholarship and creative activity that reflect their disciplinary focus and the attributes of an individual faculty member’s scholarly activity will vary across disciplines. 

Candidates for promotion to Associate Professor will also have demonstrated “very good” or “excellent” ratings in teaching; no one should expect to be promoted unless s/he can present solid evidence of strong teaching. We recognize that not all TT faculty members will engage in every activity listed above but it is expected that “excellence” will be achieved in at least one of the categories above. Service activities – to the program, division, school, college, university, community, and/or profession – will have increased in significance and visibility over the probationary period and will have been carried out with recognized effectiveness and cooperation.  However, excellent ratings in service alone will not warrant promotion in rank.