Tenure and Promotion for Tenure-Track Faculty

The policies and procedures for tenure and promotion are included in the University Policy Register 6-14 and 6-15 and in Addenda A and B of the TT CBA. Each academic year, tenure and promotion guidelines for Kent and Regional Campus 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 and promotion are separate decisions. The awarding of tenure must be based on convincing, documented evidence that the faculty member has achieved:

1. a strong record of effective instruction and curricular engagement

2. a significant body of scholarly/creative work that has undergone meaningful peer review and that has had a demonstrable impact on her/his discipline and profession, meeting or exceeding expectations as defined in initial appointment letters and other written initial expectations and in annual reappointment letters (See below for further detail.)

3. a track record of effective service relevant to the mission of the School and to the mission of the University

Tenure considerations may include evaluation of accomplishments prior to arrival at Kent State University, but primary emphasis should be on work conducted while on the tenure track. Such considerations also may include grant proposals submitted but not funded, proposals pending, creative works and papers “in review” or papers “in press,” graduate students currently advised, and any other materials that may reflect on the candidate’s potential for a long-term successful career. The tenure decision is based on all of the evidence available to determine the candidate’s potential to pursue a productive career.

Promotion, on the other hand, is based solely on a candidate’s accomplishments completed during the review period.

Candidates for promotion to Associate Professor must meet all the qualifications for tenure. They must also show potential for a career likely to achieve national/international recognition, as evidenced by the body of work presented in the promotion file.

Promotion to Professor recognizes the highest level of university achievement and national/ international prominence. Evidence for this prominence includes:

1. sustained excellence in teaching and service;

2. a record of scholarly/creative activity in highly significant venues that has undergone meaningful peer review and that has had a demonstrable and sustained impact on the candidate’s discipline and profession;

3. a record of substantial prominence in and impact on the field.

External funding for scholarly/creative activity or programmatic support also provides strong evidence of prominence and external validation of excellence. Many factors and criteria, both subjective and objective, are considered in recommending a faculty member for tenure and advancement in academic rank. The overall evaluation of a candidate for tenure and promotion shall include consideration of the faculty member’s personal integrity and professional behavior, as recognized by the University community. A sound ethical approach to all aspects of teaching, research, publication, and the academic profession are expected of all who seek tenure and promotion in the School.