Evaluation of Candidates for Reappointment, Tenure, and Promotion | Lifespan Development & Educational Sciences Faculty Handbook | Kent State University

Evaluation of Candidates for Reappointment, Tenure, and Promotion

Evaluation of candidates is a holistic process, whereby reviewers examine the candidate’s complete file as it relates to areas of Research, Teaching, and Service. Reviewers will rely upon the candidate’s contextual statement, curriculum vita, and other documenting evidence during the evaluative process. As such, the candidate is encouraged to consult with other colleagues, the School Director, and/or Dean (when appropriate) for assistance in the preparation of his or her file prior to review.

  1. For Pre-Tenure Reappointment

    It is expected that pre-tenured Assistant Professors will meet expectations in each of these areas on a yearly basis. At this level of evaluation, reviewers are required to make a final recommendation of “Yes,” “Yes with Reservations,” or “No.”

  2. For Promotion to Associate Professor

    Decisions for granting tenure and promotion to the rank of Associate Professor are two different actions. Whereby decisions for tenure follow University Guidelines, evaluation for promotion to Associate Professor are based on the candidate’s overall performance within the domains of Research, Teaching, and Service. It is expected that a candidate who came into the School with a previous rank of Associate Professor continues to be productive at that rank, even though tenure may not yet have been earned. At this level of evaluation, reviewers are required to make a final recommendation of “Yes” or “No.”

  3. For Promotion to Professor

    Decisions for promotion to the rank of Professor are guided by a review of the candidates file in terms of continued demonstrated commitment to Research, Teaching, and Service. It is expected that candidates under consideration for Professor have demonstrated a continued commitment to Research, Teaching, and Service in the years following promotion to Associate. At this level of evaluation, reviewers are required to make a final recommendation of “Yes” or “No.”