Faculty Designations | Pan African Studies Faculty Handbook | Kent State University

Faculty Designations

Determinations of initial appointment, rank, and the conferral of tenure are made after consideration of experience and training, as well as scholarly activity in Diaspora Studies as determined by the candidate’s professional study area or continuing professional preparation.  Initial appointment is also based on other specific criteria as set forth in the  University Policy Register (pages 3342-6, 3349) and in the Collective Bargaining Agreements.  The designations for some special category faculty are described below:

  1. Visiting Distinguished Professor

    This non-tenured position may be offered to a senior scholar who has attained national and/or international prominence in his or her chosen field.  The candidate should have a strong publication record and/or record of professional accomplishments reflecting significant contribution to his/her field.  This post ordinarily carries a full-time assignment of productivity, centered around one seminar per semester, and the production of a monograph to be published by the DPAS, expected at the end of his/her one-year tenure at the university.  This appointment is competitive and depends on FAC recommendation as well as well the Chairperson’s sign-off.

  2. Adjunct Professor

    The title “Adjunct” refers to a Professor who is not full-time in an academic unit of the University or, because of other professional commitments, would not and cannot normally contemplate a full-time academic appointment.  Tenured and regular full-time faculty prerequisites and voting privileges are not applicable. 

  3. Research Fellow

    This is a non-tenured, year-to-year appointment within the Department of Pan-African Studies for a beginning to mid-career scholar whose primary activity is research.  His or her research should offer significant contributions to the stated research purpose and goals of the department in particular and to the Pan-African Studies discipline in general.  This appointment is competitive and depends on FAC recommendations as well as Chairperson’s sign-off.  Other special institutes or programs may be initiated by the Department for a professional scholar whose primary duty is research.  He or she is also expected to deliver lectures.

  4. Visiting Artist-in-Residence

    This position is reserved for outstanding individuals in the fine and performing arts.  No tenure accompanies this appointment.

  5. Temporary Appointments/Part Time

    Temporary appointments are for a term of one semester or one year, except in extraordinary cases, such as strong student response and exceptional productivity, when reappointment can be considered.  In some instances the Department may wish to designate as “temporary” those appointees who are potentially permanent faculty pending the attainment of an advanced degree or equivalent achievements in their fields.

  6. Graduate Faculty Status

    Associate Graduate Faculty Status may be requested for full-time faculty who have, through scholarly publications, research accomplishments, papers read at conferences, etc., demonstrated their advanced scholarship.  Graduate faculty status is necessary for the Department in order to serve graduate students pursuing their academic objectives throughout the University community, as well as to develop the Department’s academic and programmatic objectives.

  7. Emeritus

    Emeritus status is conferred, following appropriate review and recommendation, upon faculty members and administrators at the time of their official retirement from full-time employment.

    Emeriti faculty shall be regarded as honored and distinguished members of the Department.  As such, they shall be entitled to represent the Department or greater University community, upon appointment by the President, at academic and other ceremonies of the University or at other universities and organizations, to participate in social and ceremonial functions and to use University facilities.  They may also serve on departmental, collegial and university committees and councils.

  8. University Professor

    The special rank of University Professor is established to confer particular distinction upon a university faculty member at the rank of professor in recognition of distinguished achievement in his or her scholarly or creative field.  A person may be brought to the faculty with this rank and with special privileges, including tenure.