Recruiting Faculty | Department of Modern and Classical Language Studies Faculty Handbook | Kent State University

Recruiting Faculty

The Department supports the goals of equal opportunity and affirmative action in recruiting and in making appointments to the faculty. Search Committees are appointed by the Chair and after consultation with the FAC and faculty members in the specific area or discipline conduct the search for candidates. Search committees may include a student member selected by the faculty members serving on the search committee. Following the search, the search committee recommends to the Chair that two (2) or three (3) candidates be invited to campus for an interview. The search committee may recommend its choice of candidates to the Chair. Committee recommendations are advisory to the Chair, who then makes a recommendation to the Dean. If the Dean concurs with the Chair, a recommendation is forwarded to the Office of the Provost. If the Chair's recommendation is different than that of the search committee and the faculty, the Chair shall inform the Dean of all recommendations and the reasons for the disagreement.

In consultation with the FAC, the Department Chairperson will establish need for any additional tenure and non tenure-track faculty and draft a description of the position to be filled. The Chairperson will seek authorization from the Dean to fill the position; upon obtaining authorization, the Chairperson will immediately advertise the position nationally in forums such as the MLA Job List and the APA Positions for Classicists. The FAC will designate an ad hoc Search Committee which will work in close collaboration with the Departmental Chairperson and the FAC. The Search Committee will establish more specific procedures suited to the position and the candidates, if need be. If possible, the Chairperson and (an) appropriate designate(s) will conduct preliminary interviews at national professional meetings such as the MLA and APA Conventions.

Evaluation of dossiers and interviewees will focus on the characteristics directly related to matters specified in the position description. This evaluation will result in a list of finalists who will be invited to campus to teach a class appropriate to the position, present a colloquium, and participate in a formal interview with the Search Committee and other University representatives and officials. Following the interviews, the Search Committee will make its recommendation to the Department Chairperson. The Chairperson will forward this recommendation to the Dean. If, however, the Chairperson finds the Search Committee’s recommendation unsatisfactory, a joint meeting of the Search Committee and the FAC will be called for discussion and resolution. The Chairperson will be responsible for keeping candidates apprised of their status from the initial inquiry until an appointment, if any, is made.