Matters of Academic Unit Governance and Related Procedures | Kent State University

Matters of Academic Unit Governance and Related Procedures

  1. Preamble

    This document is the approved Handbook of the Department of Economics, Kent State University.  It, in combination with the University Policy Register (UPR), the Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA), and College of Business Handbook (CBH), specifies the policies by which the Department is governed.  Alterations, additions, and deletions may be made by the Department subject to the guidelines of the UPR and CBA and with the approval of the Dean of the College of Business Administration.  This handbook shall not conflict with any University policies, rules, regulations or the Collective Bargaining Agreement.

  2. Goals

    The goals of the Department of Economics are:

    A.  to provide excellence in instruction in both the undergraduate and graduate programs;

    B.  to engage in research that contributes to the understanding of theory and practice in all appropriate Departmental disciplines, and to disseminate this research to others;

    C.  to enhance the local, national, and international visibility of the Department, College, and University through participation in professional activities and service, internal and external to the University; and

    D.  to interact and cooperate with businesses, governments, and nonprofit agencies for mutual benefit through the exchange of knowledge and expertise.

  3. Structure and Organization of the Department

    1. Department Chairperson

      The Chairperson is the chief administrative officer of the Department.  Substantive decisions of Departmental concern shall be made by the Chairperson in consultation with the FAC.  The Chairperson reports to the Dean of the College of Business Administration and Graduate School of Management and has the responsibility and carries the authority on such matters, including but not limited to the following:

      1.         develops, coordinates, plans, and provides leadership for all academic programs and professional activities housed in the Department of Economics in a manner which is consistent with the mission of the University, the College, and the Department and is mindful of the quality and breadth of programs supported by the University, the College, and the Department;

      2.         enforces University and College regulations, policies, and procedures in conformity with the University Policy Register, the College Handbook, and terms and conditions of the Collective Bargaining Agreement;

      3.        with appropriate consultation, develops, maintains, and implements the administrative and educational policies of the Department in accordance with the provisions of the Department Handbook;

      4.        implements personnel policies on matters such as recommending to the Dean new faculty and staff appointments, reappointments and non-reappointments; tenure and promotion; and leaves of absence and faculty improvement leaves;

      5.        bears the responsibility for management of the Departmental office, including supervision of nonacademic Departmental staff;

      6.        bears the fiscal responsibility for the Department;

      7.        bears the responsibility for allocating Departmental resources, including office space;

      8.        maintains custody of University property charged to the Department;

      9.        with appropriate consultation, recommends curricular changes;

      10.       with appropriate consultation, establishes teaching assignments and class schedules, and applies appropriate workload equivalencies;

      11.       coordinates academic advising;

      12.       serves as an ex officio non-voting member of the Department Faculty Advisory Committee (FAC) and presides over FAC meetings;

      13.       when making written reports to a higher administrative officer, reports the substance of FAC recommendations on all matters which require consultation with the FAC;

      14.       informs the FAC of the status and final administrative determination of matters on which the FAC has been consulted;

      15.       performs tasks, such as preparation of planning reports and other documents for the Department, and other tasks all of which cannot be enumerated herein;

      16.       represents the Department to constituencies external to the Department.

    2. Department Meetings

      Departmental meetings are scheduled by the Department Chairperson.  There will be at least one scheduled Departmental meeting of the Faculty (tenured and tenure-track faculty) and the full-time non-tenure track faculty at the Kent Campus and within the Regional Campus system per semester.  Normally the first Departmental meeting will be convened within the first four weeks of the academic year.  Departmental meetings may also be convened at the request of at least one-half of the Faculty.   An agenda of items to be covered at the meeting is circulated prior to such scheduled meeting.  Additional suggested agenda items may be submitted to the Department Chairperson in writing.  If a majority of the Faculty requests, in writing to the Chairperson, that an agenda item be added, the Chairperson must include this item.  A simple majority, including the Department Chairperson but not including faculty on leave, constitutes a quorum for Departmental meetings.  Minutes of each Departmental meeting are to be taken and distributed to the Faculty in a timely manner.  Only Faculty members are eligible to vote on all Departmental issues related to the Collective Bargaining Agreement, unless otherwise stipulated by College/University or CBA policy.  A simple majority vote is required to approve all Departmental motions and to elect committee members.

    3. 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.

    4. College Committees

      Currently, the Department of Economics has a representative on the following standing College Committees:  the Business College Curriculum Committee, the Graduate Council, the College Advisory Committee (CAC), and associated subcommittees.  The membership with full privileges of the graduate faculty of the Department by simple majority elect for two year terms one of their members, who, with the Chairperson, are the representatives for the Department on the Graduate Council.  An alternate is also elected.  The membership with full privileges of the graduate faculty of the Department by simple majority elect the nominee(s) to the Ad Hoc Graduate Faculty Committee each time that committee is formed.  It is the responsibility of all these committee members to represent the Department in the respective committees, to keep the Department apprised of developments on these committees, and to consult with the Department when appropriate.

  4. Faculty Recruitment and Appointment

    1. Tenure-track Faculty

      1. Criteria for Appointment

        The regular full-time academic ranks include instructor, assistant professor, associate professor, and professor.  The Faculty Advisory Committee of the Department should be consulted by the Chair prior to determining the appropriate rank for a potential new faculty member.  The following represent minimum qualifications for employment pertaining to each academic rank:

        1. Instructor

          To be appointed as an Instructor, a candidate must have at least a Master’s degree in economics or the equivalent in an appropriate discipline.

        2. Assistant/Associate/Professor

          i.         For appointment to the rank of Assistant Professor, a candidate must minimally possess a doctorate with specialties in the field(s) relating to the Departmental assignment and show promise of excellent teaching and research.  In certain circumstances, a person still completing his/her dissertation may be appointed as a full-time temporary assistant professor, a non-tenure track term position. 

          ii.         For appointment to the ranks of Associate Professor and Professor, the candidate must possess a doctorate with specialties in the field(s) relating to the Departmental assignment and meet the criteria for each rank as specified in Section III.1 on Promotion in this Handbook.

          In exceptional cases, an individual not having the required degree or not having the required degree in a field relating to the Departmental assignment, but who has outstanding experience in a field, may be considered for a faculty appointment.

      2. Recruitment Process

        The Department of Economics supports equal opportunity and affirmative action in its recruiting efforts.  Full-time, regular Faculty positions are advertised nationally.  A Department Search Committee shall be constituted by the Chairperson in consultation with the FAC.  The Search Committee shall be chaired by the Department Chairperson or Chairperson’s designee who may serve as a non-voting, ex-officio member.  The Search Committee evaluates applicants for full-time Faculty positions, and then recommends candidates to the Department Chairperson for interviews.  The Search Committee may conduct a series of screening interviews, usually at professional meetings.  Following preliminary review of candidate files and screening interviews, the Search Committee will recommend several candidates to the Department Chairperson to be invited to visit the campus for in-depth interviews.  When the interview process is complete, the Department Faculty votes on the acceptability of the candidates and on the rank- ordered preference of candidates found to be acceptable.  This vote is advisory to the Department Chairperson who must ultimately recommend any appointment to the Dean of the College.

    2. Full-time, Non-tenure Track Faculty

      1. Criteria for Appointment

        Normally, the requirements for appointment to any rank in this category are the same as for Tenure-track positions outlined in A-1 of this section.  Preferably, NTT faculty will meet AACSB standards for AQ and/or PQ.  The Faculty Advisory Committee of the Department should be consulted by the Chair prior to determining the appropriate rank for a potential new faculty member.  In exceptional cases, an individual not having the required degree or not having the required degree in a field relating to the Departmental assignment, but who has outstanding experience in a field, may be considered for a faculty appointment.

        In cases where a new candidate has been hired for a tenure-track position but is still completing his/her dissertations, the candidate may be appointed as temporary assistant professor.

      2. Recruitment Process

        In recruiting for a full-time, non-tenure track faculty position, the Department Chairperson, in consultation with the Faculty Advisory Committee (FAC), shall institute such procedures and processes for recruitment as may be deemed appropriate, on a case-by-case basis.

    3. Part-time, Non-tenure Track Faculty

      1. Criteria and Recruitment

        It is the Department Chairperson’s role and responsibility to recruit and select part-time Faculty.  In the event of a vacancy to be filled by a temporary part-time appointment, the Department Chairperson seeks to meet the need by offering the position to a qualified person chosen from an established pool of applicants maintained for this purpose.  Applications for part-time pool positions are solicited once each year through advertising as required by the University.  Minimum qualification requires that the applicant hold the Master’s degree in economics or equivalent in the discipline in which he/she is required to teach.  Normally, for the initial employment of a part-time faculty member, the Faculty Advisory Committee (FAC) shall review candidates and make recommendations to the Chairperson prior to initial hiring and inclusion in the pool.

    4. Regional Campus faculty

      1. Tenure-track faculty

        a.    The Economics Department FAC will select a departmental representative to serve on the search committee at the regional campus.  The advertisement(s) for the position will be approved by the department prior to be posted.

        b.    After the search committee reviews applicant files and selects those they wish to consider further, those applicant files which are to receive further consideration are sent to the Economics Department for approval/disapproval screening.  Applicants not approved receive no further consideration.

        c.    As part of the interview schedule, candidates will be interviewed at the Kent Campus by members of the Economics department.  

        d.    After the campus visits by all the candidates the Economics Department will report to the search committee which of the candidates are acceptable and which are unacceptable.  The Economics Department may rank order acceptable candidates if they wish to.  The Regional Campus Dean will confer with the Economics Department and the Department will approve rank in the Economics Department only for those candidates the Department finds acceptable.

      2. Non Tenure-track faculty

        For Non Tenure-track faculty searches steps a and b in the procedures for searches for Tenure-track faculty above will be followed.