Faculty Advisory Committee (FAC) | Chemistry Faculty Handbook | Kent State University

Faculty Advisory Committee (FAC)

The FAC is structured and operates as described in the applicable Collective Bargaining Agreement.  The FAC is elected directly by the full-time Faculty of the Department as defined in section I B, “Definition of the Faculty,” above.

The TT CBA provides that the tenured and tenure-track faculty of the Department may decide whether and to what extent full-time non-tenure (NTT) track faculty shall be represented on the FAC.  NTT faculty shall not be elected to the FAC of the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry.

FAC terms are for one (1) year.  Elections are conducted in the Spring Semester and the FAC members assume office on July 1.  The FAC shall consist of seven tenured and tenure-track Faculty members (five Kent Campus members with at least one member at the rank of Assistant or Associate Professor and at least one member at the rank of Full Professor, and representatives from two Regional Campuses) plus the Department Chair (nonvoting).  The FAC must include Faculty members from a minimum of three different academic divisions.

Kent Campus representatives are elected by Kent Campus Faculty in two rounds of voting.  In the initial round, Faculty members vote for up to ten candidates.  The ten Faculty receiving the most votes constitute the slate of candidates for the second round of voting.  If this slate of candidates does not include a Faculty member at the rank of Assistant or Associate Professor, the Assistant or Associate Professor receiving the most votes shall replace the tenth-ranked candidate.  A similar procedure shall apply to ensure representation by a faculty member at the rank of Full Professor and representation from a minimum of three divisions.  In the second round, Faculty members vote for up to five candidates.  The Kent Campus FAC members will consist of the five candidates receiving the most votes.  If this list does not include a faculty member at the rank of Assistant or Associate Professor, the Assistant or Associate Professor receiving the most votes shall replace the fifth ranked candidate.  A similar procedure shall apply to ensure representation by a Faculty member at the rank of Full Professor and representation from a minimum of three divisions.  Regional Campus representatives are elected by simple majority vote of the Regional Campus faculty.  The Regional Campus FAC members will consist of the two candidates – from different campuses – receiving the most votes.  Ties are resolved by a random drawing overseen by two staff members.  A Faculty member shall not be eligible for reelection to the FAC for any academic year following three consecutive years of FAC service.

The FAC is convened and chaired at least once per semester by the Chair who, in consultation with the FAC, sets the agenda for its meetings.  FAC members may request that items be added to the agenda; the Graduate Student Organization may also request that new business be placed on the FAC’s agenda.  Additional meetings of the FAC may be called by the Chair, as needed, or upon a request by at least one-half of the members of the FAC.  The FAC elects one (1) member to act as the Department representative to the College Advisory Committee (hereinafter “CAC”).