Kent State University provides support for faculty development in teaching and scholarship. The University has faculty professional improvement (sabbatical) and research leave policies under which eligible faculty may petition for a semester or a yearlong leave. Additionally, faculty members at Kent State Stark can apply for Regional Campus Teaching, Field Experience, and Professional Development Awards. Kent State Stark also makes available release time (load lifts) and follows University policy regarding faculty travel and reimbursements for scholarly and development activities.
The CBA calls for faculty completing certain professional development awards to submit a summary report documenting accomplishments to the Provost. Faculty will submit a copy of this report to the Dean.