Department Committees | Department of Sociology Handbook | Kent State University

Department Committees

  1. Faculty Advisory Committee (FAC)

    The FAC is structured and operates as described in the applicable Collective Bargaining Agreement.  The FAC is elected directly by the Faculty of the Department as defined in subhead III A Definition of the Faculty above. 

    The FAC consists of five elected members, all of whom must be full time tenured or tenure-track.  Four of the members are from the Kent Campus and one member is from the Regional Campuses.  Elections are held annually at the end of Fall semester to facilitate the assignment of class schedules in the following year.  The term of the FAC member is two calendar years beginning with the Fall term following their election.  The terms of service are staggered so that approximately half the membership will be elected each year.  All full-time Faculty are eligible to vote.  No member may serve on the FAC for more than two consecutive years (one term).  After a period of one year's absence, the Faculty member is eligible for election to the FAC.        

    The FAC is convened and chaired at least once per term by the Chair who, in consultation with the FAC, sets the agenda for its meetings.  FAC members may request that items be added to the agenda.  Additional meetings of the FAC may be called by the Chair, as needed, or upon a request by at least one-half of the members of the FAC.  The FAC elects one (1) member to act as the Department representative to the College Advisory Committee (hereinafter “CAC”).  The FAC is advisory and recommend­atory to the Departmental Chairperson who is also the ex-officio, non-voting Chairperson of the Committee.  The FAC is concerned with such matters as are central to the Department's missions and also those defined in the current and effective CBA.

    Each year the Faculty vote as to whether or not to invite the graduate students to select a master and doctoral student to represent graduate students on the FAC.  According to the Handbook (see Section A above), graduate students do not have voting privileges because they are not full-time Faculty holding the rank of instructor or above in the Department.

  2. Curriculum and Undergraduate Studies Committee

    The CUSC assists the CUSC Chair in supervising and coordinating the Department’s curricular programs.  The CUSC makes recommendations on any and all matters which affect the academic programs of the Department including but not limited to Faculty proposals for new courses, regional faculty requests to teach upper division courses, changes in course content, major requirements, and other curricular matters.  The CUSC reviews and decides student appeals regarding course substitution.  Any recommendations of the CUSC are forwarded to the Departmental Chairperson, although changes in policies regarding these matters shall be forwarded to the FAC for action.  Minutes from each meeting are to be filed in the Main Office and available to Faculty for review.

    The CUSC shall elect one (1) member with full graduate Faculty status to serve on the College Curriculum Committee.  If no member of the CUSC has full graduate Faculty status, the candidate with full graduate Faculty status who had the next highest vote total in the election of the CUSC will serve as an additional CUSC member and as the Department’s representative to the College Curriculum Committee.  The CUSC consists of four elected full-time Faculty members.  Three of the members are elected from Faculty on the Kent Campus and one from the Regional Campuses.  Elections are held annually during Fall semester to facilitate the assignment of class schedules in the following year.  The term of CUSC members is two years beginning with the Fall term following their election.  No member of the CUSC may serve for more than two consecutive terms (four years).

    In addition to elected Faculty/faculty members, part-time instructors may be represented on the committee as non-voting member.  Part-time and student representation shall be invited annually from the part-time cohort and from both the graduate and undergraduate student cohorts.

  3. Graduate Education Committee

    The GEC assists the Graduate Coordinator, who serves as the GEC chair, with the oversight and development of the Department’s graduate program.  The GEC reviews proposals for new graduate courses, changes in course content and related curricular matters, and conducts periodic reviews of the Department’s graduate program as a whole. The GEC is responsible for evaluating applications for admission, evaluating and recommending candidates for graduate appointments, and monitoring the progress and academic performance of graduate students in the Department.

    The GEC is composed of four Faculty members with Graduate Faculty status, elected by the regular Faculty.  In addition, one student each from the masters and doctoral programs represent graduate students on this committee and have responsibility to vote on policy matters but not on personnel issues.  These student representatives are elected to office annually after a call by the Departmental Graduate Student Association.  Voting for representatives is open to all graduate students.  The GEC members are elected for two year terms on a rotating basis, and begin serving the Spring semester after the Fall election.

  4. Student Academic Complaint Committee

    The Student Academic Complaint Committee is composed of the FAC.  The policies and procedures of this committee are governed by University Policy 3342-4-02.3. The policy provides for only one SACC in each Department.

    In the event that a member of the Student Academic Complaint Committee is the subject of or may otherwise be involved with a student complaint, the FAC will select a replacement from the full-time Faculty.  If the Chair of the SACC is the subject of or may otherwise be involved with a student complaint, the Chair will appoint a member of the Student Academic Complaint Committee to chair the committee and the FAC will appoint an additional member to the committee from the full-time Faculty. 

  5. Reappointment, Tenure, and Promotion Committee

    The policies and procedures which govern the Department’s Ad Hoc Reappointment, Tenure and Promotion (RTP) Committee are included in University Policy.  Procedural and operational guidelines for this committee are provided annually by the Office of the Provost.  This committee reviews materials relevant to the professional performance of Faculty who are candidates for reappointment, tenure, or promotion in rank, and to make recommendations to the Chair on each of these personnel decisions.  The recommendations of this committee and the Chair, together with the materials assembled for the committees, are forwarded to the Dean of the College.   The ad hoc RTP Committee consists of all tenured Full Professors and the tenured members of the FAC, and is Chaired by the Department Chairperson.

  6. Other Departmental Committees

    The Chair may establish, charge, and appoint the membership of additional Departmental standing or ad hoc committees as required by the Department.  In establishing Departmental committees, naming members and designating a committee chair, the Chair shall consult with the FAC.  The Chair will welcome requests and preferences from the Faculty before establishing and making appointments to Departmental committees.