Criteria for Tenure and Promotion | Physics Faculty Handbook | Kent State University

Criteria for Tenure and Promotion

When making recommendations on tenure and promotion, the Ad Hoc RTP Committee and the Chair shall evaluate Faculty performance in Scholarship, Teaching and University Citizenship.  For those three areas, Tables 2, 3, and 4 provide characterizations of a range of performance levels for tenure and promotion.  The final evaluations in each of Scholarship, Teaching and University Citizenship should be expressed as one of those levels.

Promotion to Associate Professor is recognition for establishing a career likely to achieve national/international prominence.  This would normally be characterized by an “excellent” rating in either Scholarship or Teaching with at least a “very good” rating in the other category. University Citizenship must meet the Departmental obligations as outlined in Table 4. 

Promotion to Professor is recognition for an established national/international prominence in scholarship that clearly shows a strong impact on the field as evidenced by citations, and other recognition.  The rating must be “excellent” in Scholarship, and normally this will involve sustained extramural grant support for the Faculty’s research.    A truly outstanding performance in publishing or grantsmanship can outweigh the need for strong performance in the other.     Normally the Teaching rating should be “very good” but a truly outstanding performance in Scholarship can outweigh this. University Citizenship must meet the Departmental obligations as outlined in Table 4.