Reappointment for Tenure-Track Faculty

The policies and procedures for reappointment are included in the University Policy Register 6-16 and Addendum C of the Tenure-Track Collective Bargaining Agreement (TT CBA). Each academic year, reappointment guidelines for faculty are distributed by the Office of the Provost. These guidelines will be given to all tenure-track faculty and Ad Hoc Committee members. Tenure-track faculty members are reviewed by the Department’s Ad Hoc Reappointment Committee.

For tenure-track faculty, reappointment is contingent upon demonstration of appropriate progress toward the requirements for tenure. Performance expectations develop from initial letters of appointment, any additional written initial expectations and the Director’s annual reappointment letters. These expectations of individual faculty members may differ significantly, given each faculty member’s experience, background and assignments. In annual reappointment materials, the faculty member must establish and articulate both short- and long-term goals, then document progress toward meeting those goals. Specific concerns expressed by the Ad Hoc Reappointment Committee members and/or the Director in annual reappointment reviews during the probationary period must be addressed by the faculty member in subsequent reappointment reviews.

According to the University Policy Register (6-14) and Addendum B of the TT CBA assistant professors following the traditional tenure clock are granted or denied tenure by March 15 of their sixth year. However, if an assistant professor carries some years of credit toward tenure, he or she could be eligible earlier. The maximum credit toward tenure is typically two years, but “in extraordinary circumstances” additional credit may be granted at the time of appointment after consultation with the Faculty Advisory Committee. Faculty members appointed as either associate professors or professors have a three-year probationary period before they are eligible to apply for tenure.

For faculty members following the traditional tenure clock for Assistant Professors, the review after completion of three (3) full years in the probationary period at Kent State University is particularly critical. Upon completion of the third year of the probationary period, faculty reviewing a candidate for reappointment should consider the record of the candidate’s achievements to date. This record should be considered a predictor of future success. The hallmark of a successful candidate is compelling evidence of positive development in teaching, scholarly/creative activity, and service, per the criteria detailed in this section of the Handbook.

If concerns about a faculty member’s performance are raised during the reappointment process, the Ad Hoc Reappointment Committee and the Director shall provide detailed, prescriptive comments to serve as constructive feedback. If such concerns arise during a review that occurs after completion of three (3) full years in the probationary period, the Director and the candidate’s mentor, in consultation with the FAC, will advise and work with the candidate on a suitable, positive plan for realignment with the School’s tenure and promotion expectations; however, the candidate is solely responsible for her/his success in implementing this plan. Failure to meet performance expectations or failure to satisfactorily address concerns expressed by the Ad Hoc Reappointment Committee or by the Director may result in a negative reappointment recommendation to the Dean.