Merit Awards | School of Theatre and Dance Faculty Handbook | Kent State University

Merit Awards

  1. General Principles

    1. When provided for in the CBA, the University will establish an additional salary pool for the purpose of recognizing documented meritorious Faculty performance. The parties agree that the purpose of merit awards is to both reward meritorious performance during the period reviewed and motivate future meritorious performance.

    Three (3) broadly-defined categories of documented meritorious Faculty performance, consistent with the mission of the academic unit/campus and the evaluative criteria and relative weighting defined in the academic unit/campus section of the Faculty Handbook, are to be recognized through merit awards: (1) documented meritorious performance in research and/or creative activities; (2) documented meritorious performance in teaching; and (3) documented meritorious service to the unit/campus, college, University, and/or academic profession.

    2. When merit awards are available, pools for this purpose shall be established separately for the Kent campus (the “Kent Campus pool”) and for the Division of Regional Campuses (the “Regional Campus pool”). In each year, the Kent Campus pool shall be equal to the designated percentage of the previous academic year’s base annual contract salaries of Faculty members eligible for consideration for a merit award under Section D below. In each year, the Regional Campuses pool shall be equal in per capita amount for eligible Faculty members from the Division of Regional Campuses to the per capita amount calculated for eligible Faculty members from the Kent Campus by the application of the above formula.

    3. Each academic unit on the Kent Campus and each Regional Campus will determine what percentage of the merit award pool shall be used to support awards in each of the three (3) categories identified in Section 4.A. of this section. However, no academic unit or Regional Campus shall allocate less than 20% of the merit award pool to support any of the three (3) categories. This determination shall be made by each academic unit and campus prior to the review of materials submitted by Faculty members applying for merit awards and shall be included in the academic unit/campus section of the Faculty Handbook.

    4. To be eligible for consideration for a merit award, an individual must be a current member of the bargaining unit and have been a member of the bargaining unit for the majority (more than 50%) of the period established as the review period for the awards. Only documented meritorious performance that took place while the individual was a member of the bargaining unit may be considered when allocating merit awards. In the case of long term projects, some portion of the work, including its final phase, may have been undertaken while the Faculty member was not a member of the bargaining unit. In such cases, only the portion of the work that was undertaken while the Faculty member was a member of the bargaining unit may be considered when allocating merit awards.

  2. School Criteria

    Three (3) broadly-defined categories of (1) documented meritorious performance in research and/or creative activities; (2) documented meritorious performance in teaching; and (3) documented meritorious service to the unit/campus, college, University, and/or academic profession. Each member of the FAC evaluates each faculty member who has applied for merit and assigns a point value rating based on the following criteria. The available merit pool dollar amount is divided by the aggregate number of points assigned in order to determine the monetary value of each point.

    The following represents the School’s understanding of threshold-level performance:

    1. Research and Creative Activity (40%)

      That scholarly/creative competence to discharge on-load and assigned activities and efforts to manifest a scholarly/creative presence beyond the University, can be established.

      Research/Creative Activity

      Scholarship/Creative

      Activity 

      Definition

      Accomplishments Corresponding to the Assessment Score

      Excellent

      High Merit (3)

      Nationally/Internationally recognized research and/or body of creative activity

      Demonstrated record of publications1, grants2, and/or performances3, exhibitions and installations, invitations to give presentations, development/advancement work research-related service to federal/state organizations, awards, recognition from artistic and/or scientific societies4

      Very Good

      Medium Merit (2)

      Emerging nationally

      recognized research program, and/or body of creative activity

      Demonstrated record of publications and ”seed” grants, and/or performances, exhibitions, installations and presentations at well-recognized meetings or venues with rigorous review criteria.

      Good

      Low Merit (1)

      Active research and/or body of creative activity

      Some peer-reviewed

      publications or ”seed” grants, some performances, exhibitions, installations or presentations at meetings/seminars

      Weak

      No Merit (0)

      Limited research and/or body of creative activity

      Occasional publications, performances, exhibitions, installations or

      meeting presentations

       

      1Publications include: plays, scripts, scores, papers in peer-reviewed journals of recognized quality journals books, and book chapters. Evaluation of publication record will include an assessment of quality and impact on the field as well as quantity. Papers of exceptional length, impact and quality are given particular consideration. 

      2“Grants” refers to extramural funding where the role of the faculty member in securing the funding is clearly demonstrated and which are of sufficient magnitude to support research at a level and duration appropriate for the discipline, including, as appropriate funds for supplies, materials and personnel (graduate students, research technicians and/or post-doctoral associates).  - “Seed Grants” are extramural grants that are not of sufficient magnitude to fully support doctoral students or are intramural grants.  "Seed Grants" should be designed to lead to successful applications for “Grants.” Grantsmanship should be commensurate with the field of research with the recognition that the dollar amount of awards varies among fields.

      3Performance refers to public creative activity subject to critical review. Evaluation of performance creative activity record will include an assessment of quality as well as quantity.

      4Recognitions from scientific, artistic and scholarly societies include, for example, election to office, editorial board membership, editorship, etc. Service to federal/state institutions includes service on federal proposal panels, site visits, and other research related activities.

    2. Teaching (40%)

      That there is a relationship between the subject described and the subject taught; class time is used thoroughly and effectively; there is a syllabus; course goals and assignments are specified; course counseling is available; out-of-class requirements are guided and supervised. creative project advising

      Teaching

      Teaching/University Assessment

      Examples of Accomplishments Corresponding to the Assessment Score

      Excellent Teaching

       

      High Merit (3)

      Develop/revise courses, develop research projects for students (undergraduate and/or graduate), excellent student and peer

      perceptions, instructional creativity, actively participate in

      curricular revisions

      Peer reviewed teaching awards at the University, regional or national level.

      Exceeds Obligations

      Very Good Teacher

      Medium Merit (2)

      Develop/revise courses, good student and peer perceptions, work with graduate and/or undergraduate students in research and/or creative activity.

      Meets Obligations/Good teacher.

      Low Merit (1)

      Meets obligations well.  Good student and peer perceptions

      No Merit (0)

      Fair Teacher.

    3. Service (20%)

      Kent State service responsibilities--committee assignments, curricular advising, thesis advising, , production advising, registration and special duties, etc.--are discharged as assigned and as required by reasonable deadlines.

      Service

      Service Assessment

      Examples of Accomplishments Corresponding to the Assessment Score

      Excellent Service

       

      High Merit (3)

      Significant role in School, Campus

      College and/ or University as evidenced by productive service on committees, active participation in significant events, effectively chairing committees, specific administrative assignments, and meaningful public outreach.

       

      Exceeds Service Obligations

      Medium Merit (2)

      Consistent level of active participation and leadership in School and University activities.

      Meets Service Obligations

      Low Merit (1)

      Occasionally take on significant leadership roles. Active participant.

      Does Not Meet obligations

      No Merit (0)

      Meets the minimal School obligations or does not participate in School activities