Employment Procedures and Regulations | School of Foundations, Leadership and Administration Handbook | Kent State University

Employment Procedures and Regulations

  1. Recruiting Faculty

    The School supports the goals of equal opportunity and affirmative action in recruiting and in making appointments to the Faculty. Search Committees are appointed by the Director after consultation with the FAC and Faculty members in the specific area or discipline conduct the search for candidates. Search committees include a student member selected by the Faculty members serving on the search committee. Following the search, the search committee recommends to the Director that at least two (2) and generally not more than three (3) candidates be invited to campus for an interview. Each candidate who is invited to campus for an interview will present a seminar before the School. After receiving input from the interview process, the search committee will provide a critique of positive and challenging aspects of those individuals found acceptable. It then makes its recommendation(s) to the School Director who formulates his/her own recommendation and forwards both search committee and Director recommendations to the Dean for final action.

  2. Role and Responsibility of the Faculty

    Each Faculty member is expected to contribute to the School, Campus, College and the University according to the terms and condition of his/her letter of appointment.  Some Faculty members make their primary contribution in teaching while others emphasize research. High quality teaching and scholarly activity are expected of all Faculty members.  Service to the School, Campus, College, and the University is also expected of each Faculty member.

    Faculty members are expected to provide students with a syllabus which includes the subject matter to be covered in a course, a listing of assignments and/or reports, dates of examinations, grading standards, attendance requirements, and other pertinent details of the conduct of the class. A Student Survey of instruction (hereinafter "SSI'') is required in each course in each semester and will be conducted under the auspices of the Director pursuant to applicable University policies and procedures (See, Section V of this Handbook). Probationary Faculty are expected to work with the School Director to identify at least one Faculty member each year to visit their class and evaluate their teaching performance, Supervision and direction of student research projects, theses, and/or dissertations (as appropriate to program offerings) is part of the teaching function.

    Scholarly activity is expected of all Faculty members, although the extent and/or type of activity may vary with the terms of each Faculty member's assignment and campus location. Faculty involved in research and the graduate program are expected to present evidence of their endeavors, which may include publications, proposals submitted for extramural funding, and dissemination of research in various venues as appropriate to the discipline. Activity in professional organizations and the training of graduate students is also generally expected.

    Service to the University is a responsibility of each Faculty member. School, Campus, College, and University committee or task force membership is expected as a normal part of a Faculty member's contributions. Special or outstanding service above and beyond that which is typical may be considered during the review of a Faculty member, but service alone will not reduce the expectations of quality teaching and scholarly activity. Public service is encouraged and recognized as a part of the professional responsibilities of each Faculty member, although contributions in this area can be expected to vary widely due to the nature of the various disciplines within the School.

  3. Faculty Code of Ethics

    All members of the School Faculty are expected to maintain the highest ethical standards as teachers, scholars, university citizens and colleagues. The University policy regarding Faculty code of professional ethics can be found in the University Policy Register.

  4. Outside Employment and Other Outside Activities

    Faculty members may engage in professional activities outside the university provided the activities do not interfere with the Faculty member's teaching, research, or service responsibilities to the School, Campus, College or University (See, University Policy Register). These activities must not compete with University activity or the Faculty member's employment with the University and must be approved in advance by the Director and the Dean. Each academic year, each Faculty member must disclose and seek approval for all outside employment or other outside activities on the form provided by the University. Any outside employment or other outside activities are subject to the Faculty Code of Ethics and the University's conflict of interest policies. (See, University Policy Register)

  5. Academic Misconduct of Faculty

    The University policy regarding misconduct in research and scholarship and the Administrative policy and procedures regarding allegations and instances of misconduct in research and scholarship is included in the University Policy Register.