Department Committees | Department of Economics Handbook | Kent State University

Department Committees

  1. Faculty Advisory Committee (FAC)

    The FAC is an elected body representative of the Faculty and is advisory and recommendatory to the Department Chairperson who is also the ex-officio, non-voting Chairperson of the Committee.  The FAC is concerned with such matters as are central to the Department’s mission.  In accordance with the Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA), such matters include, but are not limited to, the following:

    a.         issues concerning reappointment, tenure and promotion, including the nominations of candidates for promotion, and dismissal;

    b.         appointment of new Faculty, including issues of rank and salary;

    c.         review of full-time non-tenure faculty and part-time faculty;

    d.         allocation or reallocation of faculty positions and academic staff positions including new and vacant positions;

    e.         program development, restructuring,  and/or discontinuance;

    f.          evaluations relating to faculty salary increases and other salary adjustments, when and if applicable;

    g.         departmental planning and budget priorities, including review of requests for new funds and allocation of discretionary resources;

    h.         selection and structure of committees, including search committees;

    i.          issues related to teaching assignments and class schedules, including appropriate application of workload equivalencies;

    j.          faculty professional improvement, research, and other leaves;

    k.         procedures for the establishment, review and appropriate revision of the Department Handbook;

    l.          issues related to the advising and retention of students;

    m.        insuring that instructional standards are followed; and

    n.         insuring that class and other duties of Faculty members are met.

    The FAC shall be representative of the Faculty members of the Department and shall, at all times, be comprised of such persons as shall be determined from time to time by the Faculty members of the Department.  The FAC may comprise, upon the vote of the Faculty, either the entire membership of the Faculty or a smaller group of Faculty members which reflects the composition of the Faculty and which represents the Faculty as a whole.  NTT faculty may be included on the FAC by the vote of the Faculty.  If the Faculty elects to include non-tenure track faculty as members of the FAC, these members shall not participate in personnel decisions regarding tenure-track Faculty members, including but not limited to, appointment, reappointment, tenure, promotion, merit, or sanctions.  At the first Department meeting each fall semester the Faculty will elect the members of the FAC.  Members elected will serve until the next election of the FAC.  The FAC will communicate with the Departmental Faculty concerning matters on which it has been consulted through the timely distribution of minutes of its meetings and other appropriate means.  A tenured senior Faculty member (Associate or Full professor) shall be elected from and by the FAC to serve as Department representative on the College Advisory Committee (CAC).

  2. Department Curriculum Committee

    The Curriculum Committee advises the Chairperson on all curricular actions and academic policies concerning the Department's programs and courses except for those responsibilities explicitly assigned elsewhere in the Department handbook.  The Department Curriculum Committee is comprised of four (4) members, as appointed by the Department Chairperson in consultation with the FAC.  The Department Chairperson serves as an ex-officio member.  Every other year, at its first meeting of the academic year, the Committee will elect a Chair of the Committee for a two-year term.  A faculty member and an alternate are elected in the Spring Semester of the Academic year prior to the year of service, by and from the Department Curriculum Committee, to represent the Department on the College Curriculum Committee.  Also from the Department Curriculum Committee a representative to the Curriculum Committee of the College of Arts and Sciences and an alternate are elected.   Minutes of each Department Curriculum Committee meeting are to be taken and distributed to the Faculty in a timely manner.

  3. MA Committee

    The MA Committee is responsible for all curricular actions and academic policies concerning the MA in Economics, except for those responsibilities explicitly assigned elsewhere in the Department handbook.  The MA Committee is comprised of four (4) members of the Economics Department who are elected by the Department at the first Department meeting each fall semester, and one member of the Finance Department who is selected by the other members of the Committee.  The Department Chairperson serves as an ex-officio non-voting member. At the first meeting of the Committee each academic year the Committee will elect one of its members Chair of the Committee.  Minutes of each MA Committee meeting are to be taken and distributed to the Faculty in a timely manner.

  4. Student Academic Complaint Committee

    This Committee reviews and makes recommendations to the Department Chairperson regarding formal student academic complaints.  The Committee is comprised of the FAC or a committee designated by the FAC and one (1) student.  One (1) undergraduate student will sit on the Committee for complaints on undergraduate courses, and one (1) graduate student will sit on the committee for complaints on graduate courses.  At the first Department meeting each fall semester the faculty members on the Student Academic Complaint Committee will be selected, and the Committee shall elect one of its members to serve as Chairperson of the Committee.  The Chairperson of the Department will select the graduate and undergraduate students, in accordance with the provisions of the University Digest of Rules and Regulations.  Members selected and the elected Chairperson of the Committee will serve until the next time a Committee is selected.

  5. Other Committees

    All other committees, variable in number and composition, are appointed by the Department Chairperson in consultation with the FAC.