Functional Units: Coordinators and Committees | Department of Modern and Classical Language Studies Faculty Handbook | Kent State University

Functional Units: Coordinators and Committees

There are three functional units in the Department, associated with the department’s degree programs as enumerated above. The pedagogy and the translation units are each headed by a coordinator and each unit elects its FAC representatives from its membership. In the case of the Literature/Culture/Language functional unit, for the purposes of governance, the elected FAC representative of each sub-unit (as defined above in Section C.1) will act as a sub-unit coordinator. The Literature / Culture / Language functional unit may also choose to select a functional unit coordinator when deemed necessary by members of the sub-units but whose role is primarily as a convener of functional unit's members.

a. Membership

All Faculty members are automatically members of the functional unit associated with the degree programs(s) they were hired into or whose courses they are primarily assigned to teach. A faculty member may petition to be considered a member of another functional unit by declaring his/her intention to the Department Chairperson. Approval of a change of affiliation is subject to review by the FAC and acceptance by the petitioned unit. Under the open meetings law, all full-time Faculty will receive timely notification of and have opportunity to attend and participate in all meetings of all functional units and to review minutes of those meetings. Only those formally assigned to the unit may vote at unit meetings.

b. Meetings

The unit coordinator (or his/her delegates) will call or caused to be called at least one regular meeting of the full unit (or in cases where there is an internal governance structure, sub-units) each semester and post notice of the scheduled meeting on the Department bulletin board. Additional meetings may be called with at least one week’s notice. The coordinator or his/her delegates shall take into consideration the request of any member of the Unit for a meeting, and shall call a meeting if at least one half of the members of the Unit request that a meeting be called. The coordinator will distribute a summary of the discussion and transactions of each meeting to the Department Chairperson, the Assistant to the Chair, the other unit coordinators, and the Graduate Coordinator.