Expectations for Tenure

It is expected that faculty standing for tenure in University Libraries will demonstrate an appropriate level of accomplishment in job performance/teaching, scholarship, and service as defined by the subsequent rubrics. Given that the nature of faculty work varies widely within UL, and that teaching is not the primary job responsibility of most UL faculty members, UL defines the teaching aspect of tenure to include both job performance and teaching, with emphasis on the candidate's job performance. "Scholarship" is broadly defined to include research, scholarly and creative work. "Service" is broadly defined to include administrative service to the university, professional service to the faculty member's discipline, and the provision of professional expertise to public and private entities beyond the university.  University Libraries' faculty is comprised of experts active in numerous areas of librarianship and related fields. In addition to their specific specializations, it is expected that individuals will demonstrate a broad knowledge of the field of librarianship. Likewise, in their scholarship UL faculty shall demonstrate clarity of goals and sound methods.

The decision to grant tenure to a faculty member results from the assessment of the evidence available to determine the candidate's ongoing potential to contribute to University Libraries, the University, and the profession. A candidate's submitted record will be evaluated on the basis of the quality of the work, significance of contribution, and impact. The decision to grant tenure is made separately from the decision to grant promotion in rank.

A faculty member's appointment may include operational or administrative responsibilities that may impact scholarly productivity. This will be taken into consideration in evaluating candidates.

5.1 Criteria for Tenure

The following categories, in order of importance, shall form the basis for evaluation of faculty for tenure in UL:

  1. University Libraries places particular value on the quality of its faculty as professional practitioners of librarianship. Accordingly, a candidate for tenure in UL must achieve a rating of "very good" or "excellent" in job performance/teaching according to the measures set forth in Section 6 of this policy.
  2. University Libraries also values the engagement of its faculty in research on the diverse areas of knowledge applicable to the goals and mission of UL, the University, and the profession. Accordingly, a candidate for tenure in UL must achieve a rating of "very good" or "excellent" in scholarship according to the measures set forth in Section 7 of this policy.
  3. Service which makes significant positive contributions to the advancement of the educational, scholarly, and governance goals and mission of UL, the University, the profession, or the community is expected of all faculty members. Kent State University also values service activities not necessarily tied to one's special field of knowledge. Accordingly, a candidate for tenure in UL must achieve a rating of "good" or "excellent" in service according to the measures set forth in Section 8 of this policy.


5.3 Assessment of Scholarly Products

Only materials compiled, finished (including work "in press"), or presented since initial appointment at current rank or since the last successful application for reappointment are to be considered in the evaluation of a candidate's qualifications for tenure. A candidate must supply official documentation for materials that are "in press."

A regular pattern of scholarly activity is more important than achieving a specific number of scholarly products. A candidate's works will be evaluated on the basis of the quality of the work, significance of contribution, and impact on University Libraries, the University, and the profession.

Works are more highly valued when they are:

Invited - Such invitations reflect recognition of the candidate within the scholarly community. High profile invitations (for example, keynote speaker) are more valued than roles such as featured speaker or panel member.

Peer reviewed - Peer reviewed or refereed works reflect a positive assessment by external experts of the value and quality of the work.

Associated with publishers, publications, or organizations of high repute or high impact. (NOTE: UL does not maintain a list of core journals.) National and international venues are valued more highly than state and regional venues.

Scholarly products can take many forms. There is no preference regarding the physical or electronic format of the work. When a work is repackaged (for example, reprinted), this should be clearly indicated by the candidate on all relevant materials in the file. Content posted on institutional repositories and blogs is not viewed as scholarly, unless it is also published or presented in a manner itemized below.

The following list is a partial survey of types of valued scholarly output. The types are in alphabetical order. The categories under each type are in order with most highly valued listed first.
1.     Articles in scholarly or professional journals

a.     invited

b.     peer reviewed

c.     non-peer-reviewed

2.     Bibliographies in scholarly or professional publications

a.     critically annotated

b.     descriptively annotated

c.     unannotated

3.     Book chapters in scholarly or professional books

4.     Book reviews

a.     review essay

b.     evaluative

5.     Book series - editor

6.     Books from scholarly or professional presses

a.     author

b.     editor

7.    Columns in scholarly or professional journals

a.     author
i.     invited
ii.     proposed / submitted

b.     column editor

8.     Editorial role for scholarly or professional journal or book series

a.     journal editor
b.     guest editor

c.     editorial board / reviewer of manuscripts

9.     Exhibits

a.     curated

b.     catalog published

10.   Grants for scholarly or professional research
a.     funded grants

b.     proposals

11.   Indexing and abstracting

12.   Presentations at scholarly or professional conferences

a.     keynote

b.     invited

c.     selected

d.     poster session

13.   Proceedings from scholarly or professional conferences

14.   Products of advanced degree work

a.     dissertation

b.     thesis
c.     research studies

15.   Reference book entries

a.     author

b.     editor

16.  Review panel for funding agencies

17.  Subject, name or series authority work contributed through nationally recognized professional organizations

18.  Other scholarly activity - candidate must describe / summarize