Scholarship is an essential and critical component of University activity. The Department places major emphasis on research and scholarly activity. Within this context, during annual reappointment reviews, each Kent Campus faculty member who will seek tenure or promotion is obligated to provide evidence supporting his/her scholarly record. This obligation will be met by providing specific information about article and journal quality and impact, funding history and plans, and description in the faculty member’s supplementary materials of any other evidence of scholarship that the faculty member deems appropriate. In turn, the members of the Department’s Ad Hoc RTP Committee and the Chair shall evaluate a candidate’s record in light of the Department’s expectations for a successful tenure decision. Research and scholarship may be documented by publication in reputable refereed professional journals, by papers presented at professional meetings, by research grants and contracts, and by reputation of good scholarship recognized by respected members of the Earth Science community. In addition, ongoing research programs involving active participation with, and direction of, students at the M.S. and Ph.D. levels will be used as evidence of scholarly activity.

The originality, quality, impact and value of the work must be assessed. To assist this process, the candidate shall submit the names of at least five (5) experts in her/his field who are considered capable of judging the candidate's work. Moreover, the candidate must provide the Ad Hoc RTP Committee with ample descriptive evidence of his/her scholarly activity. A faculty member's specific area of specialization may be a factor in the number and size of grants received and in the scope and time required for research and the resulting publications. 

In addition to funded research and scholarly publications, other scholarly activities including but not limited to serving on national grant review bodies, presenting at refereed professional meetings, chairing society committees, and presenting papers before learned societies should be considered. These latter activities complement scholarly publications and grant funded research. Faculty members are expected to participate in professional activities such as holding membership in professional societies, attending and participating in institutes and seminars, or organizing institutes, seminars, and workshops, insofar as such activities enhance their professional competency.