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




    Accomplishments Corresponding to the Assessment Score


    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.


    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


    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/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 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