Criteria, Performance Expectations and Department/School Procedures Relating to Faculty Excellence Awards

Faculty Excellence Awards are established pursuant to the applicable Collective Bargaining Agreement. Procedures and timelines for determining Faculty Excellence Awards for any given year shall be conducted in accordance with guidelines issued by the Office of the Provost.

Merit increments are allocated for efforts above and beyond minimum threshold performance. Two broadly-defined areas of demonstrated Faculty excellence are to be recognized through Faculty Excellence Awards: (1) Teaching/University Citizenship, including student advisement and efforts in support of student recruitment and retention activities of the School, College and/or University; and (2) demonstrated productivity and substantiated achievement in Scholarship and Creative Endeavor. Faculty will be expected to demonstrate their eligibility for Faculty Excellence Awards in part through their annual submission of workload summaries using the University’s electronic Faculty Information System.

Additional information regarding the submission and review process for Faculty Excellence Awards may be found in Appendix VI, Guidelines for the Submission and Evaluation of Evidence for Faculty Excellence Awards.

  1. Teaching/University Citizenship

    1. Instruction

      Faculty members are expected to demonstrate consistent evidence of teaching performance above the minimal expectations established by the Kent State University Faculty Senate. Such evidence may include, but not necessarily be limited to, sequence coordinator, supervision of Glyphix, peer and student evaluation ratings, course and curricular development, facilities development related to instruction, lab/studio supervision, notable alumni success, administrative duties, and awards associated with teaching.

    2. Advising

      In the category of Advising, which is often included with or in the category of Instruction, faculty are expected to exceed the University requirement of five hours per week reserved for student advising. Evidence may include, but is not limited to, academic and career advising, awards received, the design and implementation of advising initiatives, and extra time and effort committed to the welfare and educational development of advisees.

    3. Citizenship

      In the category of Citizenship, a faculty member is expected to give time and energy beyond teaching and advising responsibilities to activities related to the business of the School, the College, the University, and the profession, which advance their respective missions and ensure their effective and efficient operation. Examples of service performance beyond a simple and expected involvement include, but are not limited to, administrative responsibilities, active committee membership, outreach, recruitment activities, student organization sponsorship, and/or studio/lab maintenance. Service might also include active participation in professional organizations, educational organizations, and campus lectures regarding scholarship, service, or teaching.

  2. Scholarship and Creative Endeavor

    In the category of Scholarship and Creative Endeavor, Faculty members shall show clear evidence of involvement in professional endeavors judged significant by colleagues and by the accepted standards of his or her scholarly or creative discipline. Such endeavors must have been published or otherwise presented in a public or professional forum and should include one or more of several possible substantial professional activities including, but not limited to, commissions, various forms of publications (books, articles, reviews, editorships, conference proceedings, online publications, etc.); presentations (lectures, panel discussions, symposium participations, etc.); and exhibitions or competitions (juried, curated or invitational).

    In addition to the above, accomplishments such as editorship of a book, professional newsletter, an essay review of books for a scholarly journal, acting in the capacity of a juror, curator, reviewer, or visiting artist/designer may be considered evidence of excellence. The representation of creative works in museum, university, corporate and/or private collections; creative works reproduced or reviewed in textbooks, journals, and online publications; representation of original works in databases, archives, exhibition catalogs, and/or slide collections may also be considered.

  3. Scope of Accomplishments

    In all areas of accomplishment, information regarding the audience, the adjudicator, and the publication, readership and venue of the accomplishments are to be considered so as to assess the impact and quality of the activity.