Criteria for Tenure and Promotion

  1. Academic Credentials/Supporting Documents

    a.    In order to be considered for tenure, a candidate (probationary tenure-track Faculty) must possess at least the minimum academic credentials, i.e., a terminal degree

  2. Time to Tenure and Promotion

    a.    A candidate’s application for tenure and/or promotion is often reviewed during the sixth (6) year of service, except in cases where a candidate is eligible to exercise year (s) of credit granted toward tenure and/or promotion at the initial appointment and specifically stated in the candidate’s offer or letter of appointment. The sixth (6) year period of service for tenure review may also vary when a candidate has been granted an extension for “tolling” (extension of the tenure clock). A Faculty member may also be eligible to apply for early tenure/promotion when the criteria and standards for tenure and/or promotion are met.

  3. Letters of Reference

    a.    External letters of reference (outside Kent State University) by scholars (a minimal rank of an associate professor) who are knowledgeable in the Faculty member’s field or sub-field are required for the Faculty member’s tenure file. In consultation with the Department Chairperson, the Faculty member will provide the Chairperson with a ranked list of at least three five persons to be contacted to serve in this capacity. Three of the reviewers will be chosen from the candidate’s list. The Chairperson will also select one or more additional reviewers without consultation with the Faculty member. The faculty member then will be notified by the Chairperson of the identity of the person(s) selected prior to the review/evaluation of the candidate’s tenure file. The same letters can be used when a candidate is seeking tenure and promotion at the same time.

  4. Evaluative Criteria for Tenure and Promotion

    The three evaluative criteria are scholarship, teaching, and service.

    1. Scholarship/Creative Scholarship

      i.    While the Department of Pan-African Studies highlights the value 
      of undergraduate teaching, service, a candidate for tenure and 
      promotion is expected to achieve strong record of research/ 
      publication and/or creative scholarship. 
      ii.    The Department of Pan-African Studies recognizes that scholarly publications and/or creative scholarship may be realized through 
      collaborative projects, joint-authored work, and single-authored 
      works. The Department will recognize single-authored, joint-
      authored scholarly works/creative scholarship and other
      collaborative works/projects in tenure and promotion considerations
      iii.    Documented evidence for tenure and promotion of probationary Faculty member shall consist of those scholarly (publications) and/or creative scholarship materials produced since hired at Kent State University, except in cases where a Faculty member is eligible to exercise year (s) of credit granted toward tenure at the initial hiring and clearly stated in the candidate’s offer or appointment letter.

    2. Teaching

      i.    A probationary faculty seeking tenure and promotion is expected to demonstrate effectiveness in teaching and other teaching related activities (see the departmental criteria for reappointment, tenure/promotion for the acceptable evidence of effective teaching in the discipline of Pan-African Studies).
      ii.    Documented evidence for tenure and promotion shall consist of SSIs, peer review of teaching and other materials,

    3. Service

      i.    A probationary Faculty seeking tenure and promotion is expected to perform adequate service at the department, college, university and/or community level. 
      ii.    Faculty seeking promotion to full professor must demonstrate excellent service at the department, college, university and/or community level.

  5. Departmental Criteria: The Boyer Model and Reappointment Tenure and Promotion

    In accessing the various scholarships for the purpose of reappointment, tenure and promotion, the Department values the four categories of the Boyer model; Scholarship of Discovery, Scholarship of  Integration, Scholarship of Application and Scholarship of Teaching. As much as possible, reappointment, tenure, and promotion are evaluated using the mutually supportive, complementary, and often overlapping Boyer model categories. The department places greater weight on the scholarship of  Discovery and Integration than on the scholarship of Application and Teaching (except for the act of teaching) and assesses both the quality and the quantity of scholarly accomplishment.  Explanations and examples of categories are below.


    1.    Examples of Scholarship of Discovery: the pursuit of new knowledge; original research or creative scholarship

    ⦁    Publication of original research in the discipline of Pan-African Studies and related interdisciplinary fields of study based on manuscript and printed sources, material culture, or other source materials, published in the form of a monograph, refereed journal article, plays, book, book chapter or in a collection of essays by an appropriate press (excluding vanity presses).
    ⦁    Dissemination of original research through a paper or lecture given at a meeting or conference; through a museum exhibit or other project or program; or presented in a contract research report, policy paper or other commissioned study.
    ⦁    Stage directing and production of plays (theatrical productions) with reviews.
    ⦁    Performances, exhibitions, and presentations at well recognized venues with reviews. 
    ⦁    Production of films/documentaries, written plays with reviews.
    ⦁    Books of poetry/poetry collections, novels, and anthologies with reviews.
    ⦁    Documentary edition.
    ⦁    Critical edition.
    ⦁    Translation.
    ⦁    Seeking and/or securing extramural grants.
    ⦁    Direction of graduate student and undergraduate student research.

    2.  Examples of Scholarship of Integration: interpretation, synthesis, and bringing new insights to original research or creative scholarship

    ⦁    Publication of synthetic research in Pan-African Studies and related interdisciplinary fields of study, including book-length (such as textbook) or shorter syntheses, methodological studies, integrative essays, review essays and encyclopedia entries.
    ⦁    Dissemination of synthetic or integrative research through a paper or lecture given at a meeting or conference; through a museum exhibit, film or other public program; or presented in a contract research report, policy paper or other commissioned study.
    ⦁    Publication of anthologies, journals or collections (such as an edited collection or monograph series) comprised of the work of other scholars.
    ⦁    Publication of book reviews.
    ⦁    Commentary on original or synthetic research at conferences.
    ⦁    Presentation of Departmental or University activities at pedagogical conferences, etc.
    ⦁    Membership on advisory boards within/outside the academic community.
    ⦁    Participation in professional organizations, meetings.
    ⦁    Grant applications and extramural funding.

    3.  Examples of Scholarship of Application: using knowledge responsibly to solve consequential problems, especially those that affect off-campus communities and society as a whole; knowledge that arises out of the very act of application

    ⦁    Publication of textbooks or methodological studies.
    ⦁    Stage directing and production of plays (theatrical productions) with reviews.
    ⦁    Performances, exhibitions, and presentations at well recognized venues with reviews. 
    ⦁    Production of films/documentaries, written plays with reviews.
    ⦁    Books of poetry/poetry collections, novels, and anthologies with reviews.
    ⦁    Public programming (exhibitions) in museums and other cultural and educational institutions.
    ⦁    Consulting and providing expert testimony on public policy and other matters.
    ⦁    Contract research on policy formulation and policy outcomes.
    ⦁    Participation in film and other media projects.
    ⦁    Writing and compiling institutional and other histories.
    ⦁    Administration and management of Pan-African Studies organizations.
    ⦁    Presentations at instructional workshops.
    ⦁    Review of manuscripts and grant applications.
    ⦁    Service as external reviewer for pre-tenure review, tenure and promotion files.
    ⦁    Advising student organizations within the discipline of Pan-African Studies.
    ⦁    Professional service (editing of journals and newsletters, organizing scholarly meetings, serving on boards of Pan-African Studies/area studies associations, chairing or serving on book prize or fellowship committees, etc.).
    ⦁    Grant applications and external funding.
    ⦁    Community service drawing directly on scholarship through service on state humanities councils, presentation of public lectures, etc.
    ⦁    Global education/Faculty Led Study Aboard


    4. Examples of Scholarship of Teaching: the act of teaching as well as the planning and examination of pedagogical procedures

    ⦁    The act of teaching (undergraduate and graduate instruction) inside and outside the classroom.
    ⦁    Publications of original research on pedagogical issues.
    ⦁    Presentation of original research on pedagogical issues.
    ⦁    Grant applications and extramural funding for innovative teaching methods.
    ⦁    Direction of graduate and undergraduate student research.
    ⦁    Development, revision and assessment of curriculum.
    ⦁    Community based and/or off-campus teaching.
    ⦁    Development of visual and other teaching materials (including edited anthologies, textbooks and software) implemented in the classroom or disseminated through publications, papers or non-print form.
    ⦁    Student and peer groups’ evaluations.
    ⦁    Direction of student internships.
    ⦁    Advising and tutoring of students.
    ⦁    Grant applications and extramural funding.
    ⦁    Consultation within/outside the academic community on pedagogical issues, etc.
    ⦁    Museum exhibitions, catalogues, lectures, films, radio, etc. (public programs as a form of teaching).
    ⦁    Global education/Faculty Led Study Aboard