Faculty Advisory Committee (FAC) | Department of Sociology Handbook | Kent State University

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.