Departmental Guidelines and Policy | Kent State University

Departmental Guidelines and Policy

The following definitions of the Scholarships of Discovery, Integration, Application and Teaching supplement those found in the above documents.  These definitions reflect the December 1993 guidelines.  In assessing the various scholarships for the purpose of Reappointment, Tenure and Promotion of faculty, the Department places greater weight on the Scholarships of Discovery and Integration than on the Scholarships of Application and Teaching (except for the act of teaching) and assesses both the quality and the quantity of scholarly accomplishment.  There may be a slight variation in expectation for the Regional Campus faculty.

The Department insists, to the extent possible, on documented evidence of peer evaluation of all scholarships.  It is the duty of the candidate for reappointment, tenure, and/or promotion to provide that documentation.  Scholarly monographs, edited collections and synthetic works must be published by appropriate presses that conduct anonymous scholarly reviews (vanity presses are not considered appropriate).  The same criterion holds for chapters or portions of books.  The Department is sensitive to the fact that budgetary difficulties are having a serious impact on university and commercial presses which are reducing the number of scholarly publications in hard copy.  Therefore, other outlets for publication of works in the various scholarships, such as online publication, are acceptable if subjected to the same scholarly peer review described above.  With regard to the documentation of performance in the act of teaching, however, it is the duty of the Department Chairperson to provide evidence of the evaluations of teaching.      

  1. Scholarship of Discovery
  • 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.
  • Documentary edition.
  • Critical edition.
  • Translation.
  • Grant application and extramural funding.
  • Direction of graduate student and undergraduate student research.

2.  Scholarship of Integration

  • 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.  Scholarship of Application

  • Publication of textbooks or methodological studies.
  • 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.

4. Scholarship of Teaching

  • 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.
  • 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).

5. University Citizenship

  • Assisting in the learning development of students by teaching and advising in the University First-Year Experience Program.
  • Service on University, College and Departmental committees, councils, advisory boards and similar bodies within the University; holding positions of leadership on such bodies.
  • Service in an administrative capacity, such as Coordinator of Graduate Studies or special studies programs, or director of a center or institute within the University.
  • Advising student organizations.
  • Presentations of Departmental or University activities.
  • Community service such as membership on boards of libraries or museums; the promotion of historic preservation or historic restoration.
  • Service in public relations which furthers closer ties between the University and the community.
  • Other significant service that advances the University’s goals and missions, such as professional service outside the University.

Service at all levels to the African American and African communities is recognized as important and vital.