Administrative and Service Positions | Department of Geography Handbook | Kent State University

Administrative and Service Positions

  1. Department Chair

    The Department Chair (hereinafter “Chair”) is the chief administrative officer of the Department (and reports directly to and is accountable to the Dean of the College (hereinafter “Dean”).    The Chair is responsible for recording, maintaining, and implementing the policies and procedures stated in this Handbook through regular and thorough consultation with the Department faculty and the Department’s various committees as provided in the CBA.  The Chair is an ex officio, non‐voting member of all Department committees, and may make appointments as necessary and permitted to Department committees and to the various administrative and service positions in the Department. The selection, review, and reappointment of the Chair is the responsibility of the Dean, who consults with the Department faculty on such matters. Procedures for the selection, review and reappointment of the Chair are included in the applicable CBA.

  2. Graduate Coordinator

    The Graduate Coordinator is appointed by the Chair after consultation with the Graduate Faculty and the FAC. The Graduate Coordinator must be a full member of the Graduate Faculty holding the rank of Associate Professor or Professor. The term of service is established by the Chair in consultation with the FAC, but may be terminated by the Chair, in his/her sole discretion. The Graduate Coordinator chairs the Graduate Studies Committee and oversees the operation and development of the Department's graduate programs. The specific duties and responsibilities of the Graduate Coordinator are determined by the Chairperson in consultation with the Graduate Faculty and FAC. The duties shall be specified in a letter of appointment and departmental operating procedures document and referenced in the description of workload equivalents contained in this handbook.

  3. Undergraduate Coordinator

    The Undergraduate Coordinator is appointed by the Chair after consultation with the faculty and the FAC. The Undergraduate Coordinator must be a full-time faculty member. The term of service is established by the Chair in consultation with the FAC, but may be terminated by the Chair, in his/her sole discretion. The Undergraduate Coordinator chairs the Undergraduate Studies Committee and oversees the operation and development of the Department's undergraduate programs. The specific duties and responsibilities of the Undergraduate Coordinator are determined by the Chairperson in consultation with the faculty and FAC. The duties shall be specified in a letter of appointment and departmental operating procedures document and referenced in the description of workload equivalents contained in this handbook.

  4. Non‐Academic Staff

    The Department's non‐academic staff includes all classified and unclassified staff positions within the Department including but not limited to the Administrative Assistant and secretarial staff. Each position has specific duties as defined in the applicable position description.