Faculty Appointments | Department of Geography Handbook | Kent State University

Faculty Appointments

Normally, an earned doctoral degree in a related discipline is required for all faculty appointments to a tenure‐track position in the Department.

  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.  NTT appointments are not included under the umbrella of the University policy and procedures regarding faculty tenure (See, University Policy 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. The FAC is responsible for appointing part time faculty.

  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 6‐15.1).