Adjunct Services | Department of Biological Sciences Handbook | Kent State University

Adjunct Services

  1. Assistant to the Chairperson.  Duties include developing course and class schedules with approval of the Chairperson, assist in developing the departmental budget, assist the chair in maintaining the appropriate liaison with other academic units, developing summer course schedules appropriate to student needs, and serving as senior Department Officer in the absence of the Chairperson.  Other responsibilities may be assigned by the Chairperson that are essential to the appropriate conduct and function of the Department relative to the academic mission.  Up to 8 semester credit hour equivalents per academic year may be earned.
  2. Graduate Coordinator.  Duties include all details of admission of students by faculty advisors, chairing the Graduate Studies Committee, selection and award of financial assistance, maintaining appropriate records for evaluation of student progress, work and research performance, arranging and administering teaching evaluations for GA/TF instructors, preparing an annual report, serving as the Departmental Representative on the Graduate Council, College of Arts and Sciences, and the University Graduate Council, and all other matters essential to the proper conduct of the graduate programs including masters and doctoral level degrees.  The Graduate Coordinator also is the primary liaison with the School of Biomedical Sciences and the joint and/or related graduate programs.  It is expected that the Graduate Coordinator will confer regularly with the Chairperson regarding the academic operation of the graduate programs.  Up to 8 semester credit hour equivalents per academic year may be earned.
  3. Undergraduate Coordinator.  Duties include chairing the BSCI Undergraduate Curriculum Committee with its usual and typical functions, determining appropriate course substitutions, evaluating transfer credits, approving transient credit, advising and counsel students, conducting performance evaluations of graduating undergraduate students, serving as liaison with the Honors College, working with departmental advisers, and serving as advisor of the department’s undergraduate student council and clubs. It is expected that the Undergraduate Coordinator will confer regularly with the Chairperson regarding the academic operation of the undergraduate programs.   Up to 8 semester credit hour equivalents per academic year may be earned.
  4. Coordinator for         OR  (Position title)  
    1. BSCI majors sequence (BSCI 10110 and 10120).  The faculty member is responsible for the instructional team, examination construction, grading scale, lab instructor coordination, lab preparation, ordering of supplies, maintenance of equipment, et cetera.  One semester credit hour equivalent per course per term may be earned.
    2. LER courses (BSCI 10001 and 10002).  The faculty member is responsible for course content (changes must be through appropriate mechanisms), working with new instructors, and maintaining liaison with Regional Campus faculty who teach these courses.  One semester credit hour equivalent per course per academic year may be earned.
    3. BSN Laboratory courses (BSCI 20020, 20021, and 30030).  The faculty member is responsible for course content (changes must be through appropriate mechanisms), working with instructors new to the course, ordering of supplies, maintenance of equipment, and maintaining a liaison with Regional Campus faculty who teach these courses.  One semester credit hour equivalent per semester may be earned for each course not to exceed two semester credit hour equivalents per academic year for each course.
    4. Undergraduate Advisers.  For each undergraduate major in the Department of Biological Sciences, one or more (depending on enrollment) individuals will serve as undergraduate advisers and will be assigned specific students to advise.  Duties include conducting drop in advising sessions each semester, providing assistance to students seeking internships or other career experience, providing general advising for undergraduates related to educational and career issues, assisting the Undergraduate Coordinator regarding departmental undergraduate issues, and serving as Departmental representatives for College or University functions related to student recruitment, et cetera.  Up to four semester credit hour equivalents per academic year may be earned.
    5. Curator, Herbarium and Coordinator, Greenhouse and Arboretum.  Duties include maintaining the Herbarium, developing the collection, and other responsibilities peculiar to the Herbarium.  As Coordinator, the primary responsibility is to work with, and provide guidance to, the Director of Horticultural Facilities in maintenance and development of the greenhouse and arboretum.  Three semester credit hour equivalents per academic year may be earned.
    6. Director, Animal Complex.  Duties include supervision of the Animal Facility and serving as liaison to the facility supervisor, maintaining appropriate records as required by federal, state and Kent State regulations, serving on the University Animal Care Committee, serving as liaison with the Research and Graduate Studies Office, and providing liaison with facility users.  Three semester credit hour equivalents per academic year may be earned.
    7. Directors, Laboratory Core Facilities.  Duties include maintaining records, providing liaison with faculty and graduate student facility users, developing appropriate protocol and guidelines for facility operation, and other responsibilities peculiar to the facility.  Three semester credit hour equivalents per academic year may be earned.
    8. Director, Land Management Program.  Duties include maintenance of records and use of KSU land and projects that are part of the Land Management Program.  The Director has primary responsibility, with the Chair, for determining land use in the designated areas and serves as adviser for the Conservation Club.  The Director also is responsible for management of the Herrick Aquatic Ecology Research Facility. Three semester credit hour equivalents per academic year may be earned.
    9. MA Non-thesis program.  Duties include maintaining correspondence with MA Non-thesis students, preparing brochures and advertising the program, screening admission applications, providing liaison with the Graduate Studies Office, providing linkage between faculty who teach summer courses in the program and the Assistant to the Chair, maintaining student records (with the Graduate Coordinator), and other responsibilities peculiar to the program.  Two semester credit hour equivalents per academic year may be earned.
    10. Clinical Laboratory Sciences Program.  Duties include liaison with the College and the affiliated hospital programs, visiting affiliated hospitals, collecting information and data from affiliated hospital programs, hosting a yearly program for students and directors of affiliated hospital programs, maintaining records and recording grades for the clinical year students, and other responsibilities peculiar to the program.  Four semester credit hour equivalents per academic year may be earned.
    11. Safety Officer.  Duties include maintaining current knowledge of hazardous materials that could be used in the Department, providing information to the Business Manager (who has primary responsibility), working with the Business Manager, faculty and graduate students in maintaining a safe workplace, and other responsibilities peculiar to the position.  Two semester credit hour equivalents per academic year may be earned.
    12. GA/TF Teaching Assignment.  Duties include assigning graduate teaching assistants and teaching fellow instructional responsibilities (non-lecture assignments), establishing equitable GA/TF load assignments, establishing a GA/TF laboratory training program, maintaining GA/TF teaching load records, serving as intermediary for GA/TF teaching problems, and providing other normal responsibilities associated with GA/TF teaching assignments.  Two semester credit hour equivalents per year may be earned.
    13. Other Services.  Consideration for special semester credit hour equivalencies may be given by the Chairperson with the prior approval of the Dean.  Normally and typically, these semester credit hour equivalents would be for a semester or for an academic year.  The semester credit hour equivalents may not exceed three per academic year.  Services include (but are not limited to) new course/program development, grant writing, major curricular revisions, etc.  Faculty members requesting credit for grant writing must submit a written proposal describing their intentions, results from prior requests of this type (including prior grant reviews) and a description of funding and scholarly activity history. Such requests will be considered by the FAC who will forward their recommendation to the Chairperson.