Tenure | School of Art Handbook | Kent State University

Tenure

Because tenure review is required in the next-to-last year of the probationary period, while promotional review is not mandated, tenure and promotion reviews require separate decisions.

The granting of tenure is viewed as the recognition of successful completion of the probationary period of appointment, as well as the conviction, by those involved in making the tenure decision, that the individual will continue to make a positive contribution to her/his discipline, unit, campus, university and community over the long term. The decision is initiated by the candidate’s peers and eventually made by the trustees of the university. Since this decision could result in life-long employment at this institution, it involves more than a mere survey of the candidate’s minimum quantifiable activities. (University Policy and Procedures Regarding Faculty Tenure, section D, 28 November, 2001).

For tenure, evaluation may refer to (but not count) accomplishments prior to appointment at Kent State in order to establish consistency: in addition, work under review or in press, grant proposals submitted but not funded, graduate students currently in progress, and other materials which may reflect on the candidate’s potential for long-term success and recognition will be considered.

Many factors and criteria, both subjective and objective, are to be weighed in the decision to recommend for tenure, including differentials in assignments.  In addition, consideration of the individual’s personal integrity and professional behavior will be a factor, with the expectation that School of Art faculty observe ethical standards in all aspects of the academic profession.

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. 

For Kent Campus TT faculty members to receive a positive recommendation for tenure, candidates must attain at least the level of “very good” in scholarship and/or creative activity on the indicators noted. The scholarship of teaching must also, at the minimum, be rated “very good” and service as “meets obligations.”