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.