Promotion | Philosophy Faculty Handbook | Kent State University

Promotion

According to the University policy regarding faculty promotion,  (see University Policy Register 3342-6-15), "Promotion shall be viewed as a recognition of a faculty member having contributed sustained and distinguished service to the University, the academic unit and campus to which the faculty member belongs."

  1. Departmental Criteria Regarding Academic Credentials and Experience

    a.   Assistant Professor: Normally an Assistant Professor must have the Ph.D. (or equivalent) in philosophy and will have served five years as Assistant Professor before becoming eligible for consideration for advancement.

    b.   Associate Professor: Normally an Associate Professor must have the Ph.D. (or equivalent) in philosophy and will have served five years as Associate Professor before becoming eligible for consideration for advancement.

    c.    Full Professor: Normally a Full Professor must hold a Ph.D. (or equivalent) in philosophy.

    d.   In extraordinary cases a faculty member may be considered for promotion to the next highest rank after completion of fewer years at current rank. Exceptions to these usual or standard circumstances will be reviewed in accordance with University Policy.

    e.   A non-tenured faculty member applying for promotion in rank to either Associate or Full Professor must undergo a successful tenure review.

  2. Departmental Criteria Regarding Scholarship, Teaching and Service

    The Department observes the following as necessary conditions for promotion:

    a.  Assistant Professor
         i.    Documented evidence of scholarly activity such as the completed and accepted Ph.D. dissertation is necessary for appointment to the rank of Assistant Professor.

         ii.   Documented evidence in teaching at the time of appointment, such as a candidate's submission of class plans, syllabi, requirements, readings, letters of recommendation speaking to teaching experience and effectiveness, and where possible peer review and/or student evaluations of teaching.

    b.  Associate Professor

         i.    Documented evidence of sustained and distinguished achievement and performance of scholarship beyond that achieved for the rank of Assistant Professor, is a necessary condition for promotion to the rank of Associate Professor.

         ii.   Documented evidence of sustained and distinguished achievement and performance of teaching is necessary for promotion in rank to the level of Associate Professor.

         iii.  Documented evidence of sustained and distinguished service is necessary for promotion to Associate Professor. Contributions beyond minimal participation in Department service functions, such as attending departmental meetings and FAC meetings, which make significant positive contributions to the advancement of the educational, scholarly, governance, and collegial goals and missions of the Department, College, University, Campus, or community will be included here.

    Candidates for promotion to Associate Professor are expected to provide documented evidence for each of the activities to be considered under Scholarship, Teaching and service. Please review Subsection D, below, which provides (a) guidelines and examples of what is acceptable as documented evidence for scholarship, teaching and service, and (b) the criteria for evaluating or weighting the quantity and quality of documented evidence of scholarship, teaching and service for promotion to Associate Professor.  

    In each instance, a judgment as to whether a candidate has attained a “sustained and distinguished record” of scholarly achievement and performance (including quality and quantity of achievement or performance), teaching, and service suitable for promotion to Associate Professor must be rendered by each member of the Ad Hoc Promotion Committee.

    c.  Full Professor

         i.   Documented evidence of sustained and distinguished scholarly achievement and performance beyond that achieved for the rank of Associate Professor is a necessary condition for promotion to the rank of Full Professor.

         ii.  Documented evidence of sustained and distinguished achievement and performance in teaching beyond that required to achieve the rank of Associate Professor is a necessary condition for promotion to the rank of Full Professor.

         iii.  Documented evidence of sustained and distinguished service beyond that required to achieve the rank of Associate Professor is a necessary condition for promotion to Full Professor. Contributions beyond minimal participation in Department service functions, such as attending routine departmental meetings and FAC meetings, which make significant positive contributions to the advancement of the educational, scholarly, governance, and collegial goals and missions of the Department, College, University, Campus, or community will be included here.

    Candidates for Promotion in rank to Full Professor are expected to provide documented evidence for each of the activities to be considered under scholarship, teaching and service. Please review Subsection D, below, which provides (a) guidelines and examples of what is acceptable as documented evidence for scholarship, teaching and service, and (b) the criteria for evaluating or weighting the quantity and quality of scholarship, teaching and service for promotion to full professor.  

    Promotion to the rank of Full Professor in philosophy should be considered only when there is sufficient evidence that the candidate’s work has made not simply a positive contribution to scholarship, but must be assessed as to whether or not the work of the candidate significantly influences others in the area of study.

    In each instance, a judgment as to whether a candidate has attained “sustained and distinguished achievement beyond that required to achieve the rank of Associate Professor” and suitable for the highest faculty rank in the Department (including quality and quantity) in scholarship, teaching and service must be rendered by each member of the Ad Hoc Promotion Committee.