School Director | Teaching, Learning and Curriculum Studies Handbook | Kent State University

School Director

The School Director (hereinafter “Director”) is the chief administrative officer of the School and reports directly to and is accountable to the Dean of the College (hereinafter “Dean”). The Director is responsible for recording, maintaining, and implementing the policies and procedures stated in this Handbook through regular and thorough consultation with the School faculty and the School’s various committees. The Director's duties and responsibilities shall include, but are not limited to, the following roles outlined as academic/scholarly leadership and procedural/managerial:

Academic/Scholarly Leadership 

  •  Promotes good communication and morale within the School
  • Advocates for and represents faculty in School, College and University affairs, forums, and decisions
  • Contributes to the scholarly culture and climate of the School
  • Mentors faculty in pursuing and developing research agendas and scholarship
  • Understands and supports the diversity of faculty interests and pursuits, valuing different perspectives
  • Listens to and considers the positions, opinions, and diverse views of all faculty
  • Provides strong leadership and supports faculty in accomplishing a unified vision for the school and units within the school
  • Maintains appropriate balance and emphasis among the various disciplines of the School
  • Encourages and facilitates a collaborative approach to teacher education across programs
  • Demonstrates strong commitment to social justice
  • Maintains shared problem-solving and ongoing intellectual dialogue about teaching, scholarship, programming, and issues related to the changing environment
  • Articulates various program goals into a cohesive unit
  • Facilitates the integration of global perspectives in education, as well as international outreach
  • Demonstrates the necessary disciplinary understanding to practice a resourceful and democratic curriculum-based pedagogy
  • Makes ethically sound and research-informed decisions, carrying out the vision developed with the faculty
  • Keeps the School informed of the views and policies of the College and University administrations

Procedural/Managerial

  •  Ensures School compliance with University, Administrative, and Operational Policies, rules, regulations and any applicable Collective Bargaining Agreement
  • Develops and carries out administrative and educational policies in the School, with appropriate consultation
  • Develops the School’s budget, with appropriate consultation
  • Recommends new staff and faculty appointments to the Dean, with appropriate consultation
  • Recommends the reappointment, non-reappointment, tenure, promotion, sanction, and/or dismissal of faculty members in the School
  • Appoints and directs the nonacademic staff of the School
  • Recommends leaves for faculty members in the School
  • Notifies the Dean of the absence or resignation of a faculty member
  • Recommends course changes to the Dean
  • Assigns workload to faculty members, with appropriate consultation
  • Schedules classes and rooms through the appropriate University offices
  • Oversees the preparation of reports to University officials, as required and appropriate
  • Maintains custody of University property allocated to the School
  • Monitors the academic advising of student majors in the School
  • Performs other tasks and duties as assigned, all of which cannot be cataloged and may include but not be limited to following the progress of graduates, maintaining relationships with the Regional Campuses, providing orientation to new faculty, developing brochures of course syllabi, etc.

The Director is an ex officio, non-voting member of all School committees. The Director may make appointments as necessary to School committees and to the various administrative and service positions in the School.

The selection, review, and reappointment of the Director are the responsibility of the Dean, who consults with the School faculty on such matters. Procedures for the selection, review, and reappointment of the Director are included in the applicable Collective Bargaining Agreement.

If the Director is ill or out of town for a day or more, the Director will name an “acting Director(s) for the duration of the absence.