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Other Department guidelines

  1. Department objectives

    GOALS AND MISSION OF THE DEPARTMENT

    The primary objectives of the Department are to:

    1. Create an academic environment which promotes the intellectual and professional development of students and faculty;

    2. Develop and maintain a commitment to scholarly activity in research, graduate education, and undergraduate education which is commensurate with the goals and mission of Kent State University;

    3. Provide programs for all students which meet the educational and technological demands of the disciplines represented in the Department;

    4. Offer courses in cognate academic disciplines and professional fields which provide the necessary base for the career goals of students and faculty; and,

    5. Provide the public with service commensurate with a University.

    Implicit in these objectives is our responsibility as teachers, which includes but is not limited to, educating undergraduate and graduate students and providing continuing education while promoting and clarifying the role and philosophy of education.

    A strong commitment to research means creating and maintaining a significant intellectual environment and achieving our broader commitments to the advancement of knowledge and service to the public. 

    Service to the University and to the general public unifies and clarifies the role of the University in the local community, in the State of Ohio, in the nation, and is valued within the Department, the College and the University.

  2. Faculty Appointments

    1. Adjunct Faculty Appointments

      These appointments are held primarily by faculty from other institutions or persons on the staffs of community-based agencies and organizations.  Adjunct faculty appointments are made at the discretion of the Chair in consultation with the FAC.  Adjunct faculty members do not vote on Department Committees and do not participate in Department governance.

    2. Visiting Faculty appointments

      Visiting faculty appointments at an appropriate faculty rank may be made when leaves of absence occur or special needs arise and funds are available.  A visiting faculty member is typically a faculty member from another institution who is employed by the Department for a period not to exceed one (1) year.  In the event that a Visiting faculty member is employed in that capacity for a second consecutive year, the visiting faculty member will then become a full-time non-tenure track (NTT) faculty member.

    3. Full-Time Non-Tenure Track Faculty (NTT) Appointments

      Full-time non-tenure track faculty (NTT) appointments are made on an annual basis (See, Section VI of this Handbook).  NTT appointments are not included under the umbrella of the University policy and procedures regarding faculty tenure (See, University Policy Register 3342-6-14) and NTT faculty members are not entitled to any rights with regard to tenure.

    4. Part-Time Faculty Appointments

      When the Department cannot meet its teaching needs from the ranks of its full-time tenured and tenure-track faculty, full-time non-tenure track (NTT) faculty and graduate students, part-time faculty appointments will be made from an established pool of qualified applicants not currently on regular appointment at the University.

    5. Graduate Faculty Status

      As a doctoral degree granting department, the Department normally requires that all faculty hired for tenure-track positions be eligible for appointment to the graduate faculty as associate or full members.  The Administrative policy regarding graduate faculty is included in the University Policy Register.  (See, University Policy Register 3342-6-15.1) 

  3. Faculty Ranks

    The basic definitions of faculty ranks are the following:

    1. Instructor

      This rank is intended for persons initially hired with a master's degree.  Normally, the Department does not hire at the rank of Instructor except for full-time non-tenure track (NTT) faculty positions.

    2. Assistant Professor

      This rank is normally the entry level rank for tenure-track faculty holding the doctorate in an appropriate discipline. 

    3. Associate Professor

      Hire to or promotion to this rank presumes prior service as an Assistant Professor, significant academic achievements, and possession of the doctorate in an appropriate discipline (See, Section V of this Handbook). 

    4. Professor

      Promotion to this rank requires credentials and achievements beyond those required for promotion to Associate Professor and is reserved for senior faculty members who have achieved significant recognition in their discipline (See, Section V of this Handbook). 

    5. Research Associate Professor and Research Assistant Professor

      These ranks are reserved for individuals who are engaged in research and who are not normally assigned teaching responsibilities.  Such positions are typically supported by extramural grant funds and are not tenure-track appointments.  Faculty who hold these ranks do not vote on Department committees and do not participate in Department governance.

    6. Adjunct Faculty Appointments

      These appointments are held primarily by faculty from other institutions or persons on the staffs of community-based agencies and organizations.  Adjunct faculty appointments are made at the discretion of the Chair in consultation with the FAC.  Adjunct faculty members do not vote on Department Committees and do not participate in Department governance.

    7. Visiting Faculty Appointments

      Visiting faculty appointments at an appropriate faculty rank may be made when leaves of absence occur or special needs arise and funds are available.  A visiting faculty member is typically a faculty member from another institution who is employed by the Department for a period not to exceed one (1) year.  In the event that a Visiting faculty member is employed in that capacity for a second consecutive year, the visiting faculty member will then become a full-time non-tenure track (NTT) faculty member.

    8. Full-Time Non-Tenure Track Faculty (NTT) Appointments

      Full-time non-tenure track faculty (NTT) appointments are made on an annual basis (See, Section VI of this Handbook).  NTT appointments are not included under the umbrella of the University policy and procedures regarding faculty tenure (See, University Policy Register 3342-6-14) and NTT faculty members are not entitled to any rights with regard to tenure.

    9. Part-Time Faculty Appointment

      When the Department cannot meet its teaching needs from the ranks of its full-time tenured and tenure-track faculty, full-time non-tenure track (NTT) faculty and graduate students, part-time faculty appointments will be made from an established pool of qualified applicants not currently on regular appointment at the University.

  4. Role and Responsibility of the Faculty

    Research, Teaching, Service: Each faculty member is expected to contribute to the Department, 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.

    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 graduate programs are expected to present evidence of their endeavors by publication, proposals submitted for extramural funding, and dissemination of research in various venues as are appropriate to the discipline. Activity in professional organizations and the training of graduate students are also expected.

    Not all faculty members contribute to the Department in the same manner.  A faculty member whose primary responsibilities are undergraduate teaching and undergraduate programs may teach and serve in a greater diversity of courses than a faculty member who is also a member of the graduate faculty.  Most Department faculty members will be either full or associate members of the graduate faculty.  All faculty members are expected to be involved in significant research activity, serve on graduate student committees, and direct graduate student research. Supervision and direction of undergraduate research projects and theses are part of the teaching function.

    Service to the University is a responsibility of each faculty member.  Department, Campus, College, and University committee or task force memberships are 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 in accordance with the various subdisciplines within the Department.

  5. Faculty Code of Ethics

    1. University Policy Register

      All members of the Department 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.  (See, University Policy Register 3342-6-17).

    2. Policy on Consensual Romantic or Sexual Relationships between Faculty and Students[1]

      Terminology 

      For the purposes of this policy, the term “faculty,” “faculty member,” or “teaching faculty” refers to all those who teach and/or do research at the University including (but not limited to) tenured and tenure-track faculty, non-tenure-track faculty, part-time instructors, lecturers, holders of research appointments, graduate students with teaching responsibilities, visiting faculty, and advisors.

       The term “student” refers to a person enrolled at Kent State University in any capacity, including (but not limited to) full-time or part-time; undergraduate or graduate; for-credit or not-for-credit; or degree or non-degree.

       Policy (The anthropology faculty voted unanimously in favor of this policy Dec. 7, 2015)

      The Department’s educational mission is promoted by professionalism in faculty/student relationships, and professionalism is fostered by an atmosphere of mutual trust and respect. Actions of faculty members and students that harm this atmosphere—which occurs when those in positions of authority abuse or appear to abuse their authority—undermine professionalism and hinder fulfillment of the Department’s educational mission.

      The Department strongly believes that a romantic and/or sexual relationship between a student and a faculty member—even if such a relationship is claimed to be consensual by one or both parties—undermines the Department’s academic mission and must be avoided.  In addition, the Department imposes the following formal restrictions:

       Romantic and/or sexual relationships, and the pursuit thereof, between faculty members and graduate or undergraduate students are entirely prohibited whenever the faculty member has direct professional responsibility for or any authority over the student.  Positions of professional responsibility or authority include course instructor; formal advisor; independent study director; internship coordinator; dissertation, MA, or Honors Thesis committee member; MA or PhD Advisory Committee member; Graduate or Undergraduate Coordinator; TA/RA supervisor; or similar formal hierarchical relationship. 

       Furthermore, no faculty member may pressure, cajole, or otherwise coerce a student to avoid a hierarchical professional relationship (e.g., to avoid taking a faculty member’s course) in order to engage in a romantic and/or sexual relationship.

       Finally, while the Department does not expressly forbid them, romantic and/or sexual relationships between faculty and graduate or undergraduate students at Kent State are also discouraged even when no clear professional or hierarchical relationship between the faculty and student exists.

       Sanctions

       Failure to comply with this policy may result in discipline or dismissal according to the rules appropriate to the individuals involved, regardless of tenure status. One or more faculty and/or students may, at any time, report violations of this policy to any responsible party (Chair, FAC, Dean's Office). Upon such notification, the chair will request that the Faculty Senate Ethics Committee (FSEC) initiate an investigation of charges. Upon completion of that investigation the Committee will notify the Dean, Chair, and departmental FAC of its findings. In the event of a finding of inappropriate behavior, as defined above, appropriate sanctions will be applied by the Dean. The timing and extent of such sanctions should vary in proportion to the violations, but could constitute a negation of tenure. 

  6. Copyright Restrictions

    All faculty members should be aware of current copyright laws that restrict the copying of published materials.  For further information, contact the University’s Office of Legal Affairs.

  7. Academic Misconduct

    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 are included in the University Policy Register. (See, University Policy Register 3342-3-05 and 3342-2-05.01)

  8. Handbook modification, amendment, and revision

    The implementation, modification, amendment and revision of this Handbook is governed by the applicable Collective Bargaining Agreement.  The Department faculty will review and update this Handbook, as needed, but at least every three (3) years.  Suggestions for modifications or amendments to the Handbook may be initiated at any time by the Chair or by any faculty member.  Proposed modifications or amendments are subject to discussion, revision, and recommendation by the FAC.  When a proposed modification or amendment involves a major change in Department policy or practice the Chair may seek the recommendation of the entire faculty.  If the Chair concurs with a proposed modification, amendment or revision, he/she will recommend the change(s) to the Dean.  All modifications, amendments and revisions of the Handbook require the approval of the Dean. In reviewing this Handbook the Dean may request revisions before lending final approval.  If these revisions are not adopted by the Department, the Dean shall consult the CAC with regard to the provision(s) in dispute before making a final determination and certifying final approval of the Handbook. Further, the Dean may direct that the Handbook be modified, amended or revised to reflect changes in College or University policy.