The Department pursues the following primary objectives:
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, including
a. The training of B.S. and B.A. chemists in the theoretical and practical skills required for employment or admission to graduate or professional school; the oversight of the non-chemical parts of their training; and the provision of career advice upon request, and
b. The training of M.A., M.S., and Ph.D. chemists in the theory of chemistry, the ability to conduct independent research, the clear expression of scientific ideas, and the teaching of chemistry;
3. Provide programs for all students which meet the educational and technical demands of the sub-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 rigorous 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 amplifies 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.
The Department recognizes the inherent value of diversity in the members of the University Community, and thus subscribes to the letter and spirit of the University Diversity Vision Plan. The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry shall strive toward excellence, which is only possible with a strong and ongoing commitment to building an environment that is welcoming, affirming, and empowering to all people regardless of race, ethnicity, gender, age, religion, physical disabilities, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, and geographic origin. We hold that openness and acceptance is a core value, such that all members of the Department shall foster a free and open exchange of ideas and civil communication on all issues. This commitment will provide a rich educational experience that promotes full contribution to and participation in an increasingly diverse and democratic global society. The Department strives to remove barriers to the recruitment, retention, and advancement of talented students, faculty, and staff from historically excluded populations who are currently underrepresented. The Department, therefore, makes commitments to (i) establishing a diverse community, (ii) equitable retention at all levels, (iii) establishing and maintaining a welcoming environment for all members of the community, (iv) providing opportunities for diversity leadership, (v) ensuring equitable progress for all, and (vi) assisting every member of the department to develop diversity awareness and cross-cultural understanding and skills.