Promotion

The policies and procedures for promotion are included in the University policy regarding faculty tenure (See University Policy Register 3342-6-15). Each academic year, promotion guidelines for Kent and Regional Campus faculty are distributed by the Office of the Provost. 

  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 with 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 Academic Performance and Service

    The Department observes the following as necessary conditions for promotion:

    1. Assistant Professor
      1. Documented evidence of scholarly activity such as an accepted Ph.D. dissertation. 
      2. Documented evidence of teaching, such as a statement of teaching aims and goals, technology utilized, comprehensive syllabi or class plans, peer review and/or student teaching evaluations (if available), and letters of recommendation attesting to teaching experience and effectiveness. 
    2. Associate Professor
      1. Documented evidence of achievement in scholarship beyond that achieved for the rank of Assistant Professor. 
      2. Documented evidence of achievement in teaching beyond that achieved for the rank of Assistant Professor. 
      3. Documented evidence of achievement in service beyond that achieved for the rank of Assistant Professor.
    3. Full Professor
      1. Documented evidence of achievement in scholarship beyond that achieved for the rank of Associate Professor. 
      2. Documented evidence of achievement in teaching beyond that achieved for the rank of Associate Professor.
      3. Documented evidence of achievement in service beyond that achieved for the rank of Associate Professor.

    For consideration of promotion to the rank of Full Professor, evidence must be provided that the candidate’s work has not merely made a positive contribution to scholarship in the area, but has had significant impact. 

    Subsection D (below) offers guidelines and examples of acceptable documentation of scholarship, teaching and service, as well as criteria for evaluating achievements in each of the three areas.