Full-Time Faculty Credentials | School of Information Handbook | Kent State University

Full-Time Faculty Credentials

The School of Library and Information Science supports equal opportunity (UR 3342-6-01) and affirmative action (UR 3342-6­02) in its recruiting efforts. Full-time faculty positions, both tenured/tenure-track and non-tenure-track, are normally advertised nationally. Terminal degree for SLIS programs is the doctorate degree.

 

Faculty Search Committee

The Director appoints an Ad Hoc Search Committee, usually consisting of at least four tenured/tenure-track members.  One non-tenure-track faculty member and one student may also be appointed. The Director appoints a faculty member to chair the committee and serves as an ex officio member. The Search Committee prepares position descriptions for FAC approval. The Chair of the Search Committee arranges for advertisements to be placed and corresponds with applicants, following approval by the University Human Resources. When possible, members of the Search Committee conduct preliminary interviews at professional conferences such as ASIST, ALISE, or other professional meetings. The Committee evaluates the applicants and then recommends candidates for interviews. All members of the FAC participate in the interviewing process and provide feedback to the Search Committee. Feedback also is solicited from students, staff and other individuals who have participated in candidate site visits. The Search Committee submits a rank-ordered list of recommended candidates to the Director. The SLIS Director reviews the list and recommends one candidate for appointment to the Dean of Communication and Information and the Provost.

 

Selection Criteria for Tenure-Track Faculty

Appropriate educational background and potential for effective teaching, research, publications and service (to the University, the State, and the profession) are key criteria used by search committees in evaluating candidates for appointment to the tenured/tenure-track faculty.

 

Acceptable, minimal educational credentials normally will include a Master’s degree (or equivalent) and a Doctorate in fields closely related to curricular areas within the School. Those candidates with substantial progress made toward completion of the doctoral dissertation also may be acceptable for appointments at beginning ranks. In such chases, faculty are appointed at an NTT position until the completion of their doctoral degree at which time they can move to a tenure-track position. NTTs under such circumstances have up to three years of NTT appointment (with annual reappointment review by the School) to complete their doctoral degree and move to a tenure-track position.

 

Evidence of potential teaching effectiveness may include letters of recommendation, a guest lecture delivered by the candidate, teaching portfolio including sample syllabi and student evaluations, and information gathered through the interview process. Other evidence may be used as appropriate. Published articles, a dissertation, and plans for future work will be considered evidence in evaluating a candidate’s potential for research and publication. Potential for service will be evaluated by means of letters of recommendation and evidence of active participation in professional organizations (meetings attended, committee assignments, offices held).

 

In addition to these general criteria, the School must maintain on its faculty a sufficient variety of specializations to cover the essential areas of the curriculum. Individuals who are otherwise well qualified may not be appointed because their areas of expertise are already represented on the tenured/tenure-track faculty.

 

Appointments normally are made at the rank of Assistant Professor. A candidate with exceptional qualifications or extensive experience may be appointed at a higher rank, subject to approval of the Dean of the College of Communication and Information. Tenure-Track faculty members are recommended for full membership in the Graduate Faculty. Such membership must be reviewed every fifth year, as set by the university since 1969.

 

Selection Criteria for Non-Tenure-Tack Faculty

Non-Tenure-Track (NTT) Faculty should have appropriate educational background, including a Master’s and doctoral degree in fields closely related to curricular areas within the School. Exceptional candidates lacking a doctoral degree but with substantial professional and/or research record may be considered for an NTT appointment. NTT faculty appointments at SLIS are typically Instructional, FTNTT Faculty members whose primary role is to deliver instruction, or Practitioner, FTNTT Faculty members from academia, industry, and/or other professional fields whose primary role is to deliver instruction or service in professional programs and applied areas.

 

NTT faculty must have substantial professional experience, be active in their field professionally, and provide evidence of potential teaching effectiveness. Evidence of effectiveness in teaching may include letters of recommendation, a guest lecture delivered by the candidate, teaching portfolio including sample syllabi and student evaluations, and information gathered through the interview process. Other evidence may be used as appropriate. Additional evidence may include:

  • a record of successful teaching in the last three years in the specialty area to be covered in the curriculum;
  • recent service in professional organizations dealing with the specialty area to be covered in the curriculum;
  • substantial professional experience in the specialty area to be covered in the curriculum;
  • a record of recent publications.

Non-Tenure-Track faculty members are recommended for associate membership in the Graduate Faculty. Such membership must be reviewed every fifth year, as set by the university since 1969.