Other Regional Campus Guidelines | East Liverpool Campus Faculty Handbook | Kent State University

Other Regional Campus Guidelines

  1. Faculty Responsibility

    Because of the missions of the University and Kent State University at East Liverpool, and the close relationships between the campus and the local communities it serves, the primary responsibility of the faculty assigned to this campus is instructional, with emphasis on classroom teaching and its concomitant responsibilities. Additionally, each faculty member should pursue an individualized program of professional growth and development that is appropriate for that member’s discipline. Lastly, “university citizenship”, service activities that make both significant and positive contributions to the advancement of the educational, scholarly, and governance missions and operation of the university, is a responsibility and concern of all regular full-time faculty members.

    1. Professional Ethics

      Faculty members are bound by the Faculty Code of Professional Ethics (revised), as set forth in the University Policy Register.

      Kent State University at East Liverpool embraces the institutional core values as noted in the University Policy Register-namely, that academic freedom is necessary to the mission of the faculty of the university, and that professional responsibility is a logical correlative of this freedom. Faculty members have the responsibilities to the students they teach, the university, and to their respective disciplines.

      1. Responsibilities to Students

      As summarized in the University Policy Register, the “central responsibility of a faculty member is to attempt to impart a knowledge and understanding of a field of study, develop in students appropriate and relevant skills, and to so in accordance with the best standards of scholarship and pedagogy in the discipline.” As summarized in the Regional campus handbook (Section VIII), faculty members are expected to serve as “role models to students to help them define and support campus-wide standards of integrity.” In meeting these responsibilities, faculty members are expected to maintain professional standards when conduction their classes. Summaries of expected behavior can be found in the University Policy Register and Regional campus Handbook.

      2. Responsibilities to the University

      Faculty have certain obligations to the university. The following serve as guidelines regarding the professional code of conduct.

      Conflicts of Interest: Faculty members of Columbiana County Campus at East Liverpool are bound by the University policy regarding conflict of interest of university employees, as set forth in the University Policy Register.

      University Policy Regarding Outside Employment: Outside activities of a professional nature are encouraged if the activities are consistent with the individual’s responsibilities to the university and in the furtherance of the aims of the university. The university recognizes that one mark of an individual’s distinction is the esteem in which he or she is held by those outside the university who may request services, professional judgments, or expertise. No individual, however, should accept employment or pursue other activity of a professional or nonprofessional nature that compromises his or her responsibilities to the university. (See university Policy Register. Faculty must seek permission of the Dean and Chief Administrative Officer of the Columbiana County Campuses before pursuing outside employment.

      Use of Human Subjects in Research and Teaching: Faculty members are bound by the university policy regarding academic research involving use of human subjects for investigation, as set forth in the University Policy Register and Federal Regulations. In brief, faculty must submit a required form and secure approval from Institutional Review Board (IRB) before engaging in research that involves human subjects.

      Use of Live Animals in Research and Teaching: Faculty members are bound by the university policy regarding academic research involving the use of live animals, as set forth in the University Policy Register.

      University Policy Statements Regarding Faculty Use of Computers: Kent State University recognizes its role as guardian of a forum the free and open exchange of ideas and information. Additionally, the university recognizes its responsibility to provide an environment of research and learning free of hostility and considerate of others’ sensibilities. The university, while not desirous of playing the role of censor, must assure that it provides proper avenues of redress if a member of the university community feels degraded or harassed by something that he/she sees on a university computer display.  The university’s network system allows access to all manner of textual and graphic information from around the world, some of which may be considered offensive by some people. Individuals who display information of graphic or textual nature in a public or private area, viewable by others who consider it offensive or degrading, are liable to face charges of harassment.

      3. Responsibility to the Profession:  Faculty members are responsible for maintaining professional standards with respect to research, dissemination of research, and interactions with colleagues as outlined in the University Policy Register.

    2. Contractual Obligation

      There are certain contractual expectations that faculty must meet:

      • Meeting Classes: Faculty members shall meet their classes and conduct final examinations at scheduled times. The Dean and Chief Administrative Officer or designee must approve changes in listed class times and room assignments. You should report all absences to the Dean's Office.
      • Personal Illness or Emergencies: Classes missed due to illness or personal emergency should be recorded on the appropriate form as soon as the faculty member returns to campus.
      • Professional Conference Participation: Participation in conferences is an important facet of a scholar’s professional growth. However, it should not be done at the expense of student instruction; nor should classes be cancelled to attend conferences unless absolutely necessary. Coverage for missed classes should be arranged if possible. This may mean that conferences of more than a week or multiple conferences within one semester might be discouraged. Travel to conferences and professional meetings should be cleared in advance with the Dean and Chief Administrative Officer of the Columbiana County Campuses.
      • Faculty Professional Travel Policy: At the beginning of the academic year, the chief financial officer at the campus shall notify all FTT faculty regarding the available funds for travel during the academic year and the amount available to all FTT faculty wishing to travel.   FTT faculty wishing to travel must follow all pertinent university guidelines (e.g., completing faculty travel authorization forms to be submitted to the Campus Dean and CAO). FTT faculty are also encouraged to pursue other venues supporting faculty travel (such as the Division of Research and Sponsored Programs RAGS and the University Teaching Council).
      • Personal Leaves of Absence: There are many legitimate reasons why a faculty member may request a leave-of-absence, e.g., court duty, military service, pregnancy, illness, temporary disability, research, graduate study, or travel. Most of these leaves are acquired without pay. Special circumstances govern each category of leave. As an example, the university will pay a faculty member full salary if he/she is subpoenaed to attend court as a witness or for jury duty by the United States or State of Ohio. 
      • Military Leaves-of-Absence can also be requested, as described in the University Policy Register.
      • Faculty Development: A variety of programs are available through the university, including travel grants, grants to conduct research, during the summer or academic year, etc., which may require faculty to miss all or part of the semester. Special arrangements must be made with the Dean and Chief Administrative Officer of the Columbiana County campuses for a faculty member to go forward with such awards.
    3. Accommodating Students with Disabilities

      All faculty members are required to accommodate those students with disabilities who are identified by the Office of Student Accessibility Services. For more information, contact the Columbian County Campus at East Liverpool, Student Accessibility Officer. 

      The statement of Accommodating Students with Disabilities must be included on all course syllabi.

  2. Faculty Development

    Kent State University provides support for faculty development in teaching and research and creative activity. The University has faculty professional improvement (sabbatical) and research leave policies under which eligible faculty may petition for a semester or a yearlong leave. Additionally, faculty members at the Kent State Columbiana Campus at East Liverpool have the opportunity to apply for Regional Campus Teaching and Professional Development Awards when available. The East Liverpool Campus also makes available workload equivalencies and follows University policy regarding faculty travel and reimbursements for scholarly and development activities.

    1. Scholarship of Teaching

      The University—and Kent State University at East Liverpool—provide faculty teaching development support in numerous ways. The Campus offers faculty support to attend pedagogical conferences; give pedagogical and professional papers; and gather materials unavailable at the Kent Campus. It also provides workload equivalencies and financial opportunities for purchasing materials (software, multimedia equipment, etc.) and working on teaching or curricular innovation.

      The University Teaching Council (UTC). The UTC hosts a variety of teaching and learning projects around the eight campuses of Kent State. An annual conference sponsored by UTC is a celebration of the scholarship of teaching across the eight-campus system which features nationally prominent keynote speakers along with poster displays and panel discussions on various topics.

      The list below does not address those subtle and complex qualities that go toward making an outstanding course or an outstanding professor. Rather it addresses those items that lie within the power of faculty to follow, exhibit, or adopt.

      1. Class Management

        The following items are seen as minimal expectations of any college instructor. For the most part they involve actions and procedures easily undertaken and readily assessable.

        1. Regular and reasonable office hours consistent with the university policy and the needs of students.
        2. Provision of syllabus including, but not limited to, the following:
        3. a statement on course objectives and expectations,
        4. a general calendar indicating the substance and sequence of the course and important dates and deadlines, and
        5. a clear statement of grading policy and grade weighting.
        6. office hours, including online office hours.
        7. Punctuality in starting/ending classes.
        8. Reasonable notification of and provision for faculty absence.
        9. Adequate notification of assignments, examinations, and changes in syllabus.
        10. Provision of reasonable make-up procedures for legitimately missed exams or other graded work.
        11. Evaluation of work with adequate and constructive comments written on the students' papers or orally to the whole class as is appropriate to the character of the test or assignment.
        12. Evaluation of work within a reasonable time frame that allows the student to benefit from the instructor's comments prior to the next assignment.
      2. Basic Pedagogy

        The intellectual and judgmental skill essential for acceptable teaching is more open to interpretation than class management techniques. However, the following items are presented as constructive suggestions for improving teaching on our campuses

        1. Content, assignments, and approach reasonable to the level, aims, and nature of the course.

        2. Concern for appropriate teaching technique.

        3. Effective use of class time.

        4. Adequate class and course preparation.

        5. Testing and grading practices relate directly to course content and assignments.

        6. Communication skills appropriate to the level of students and subject matter in the course.1

        7. Knowledge and currency regarding subject matter.2

         

        1 It is largely the responsibility of the administration to identify the problem area in communication skills through appropriate screening procedures and when complaints are raised concerning faculty. A plan for faculty improvement should be prescribed and then appropriate class assignments be made for the faculty member involved.

         

        2 It is the responsibility of faculty members to remain current in the material covered in their own courses and to be knowledgeable about developments in their disciplines, especially as regards changes in cognate courses within the department or school curriculum. The administration shares this responsibility, first in providing time and encouragement for professional development, and secondly, in responsibly managing class assignments appropriate to the knowledge and background of the individual faculty member.

      3. Student-Faculty Relations

        Interpersonal relations inevitably are difficult to prescribe and evaluate, and yet they set the tone and environment for the learning experience. In this regard, the Committee views the following as essential.

        1. Courtesy/civility/respect.

        2. Establishing a climate wherein questions, relevant comments, and intellectual interaction are encouraged.

        3. Nondiscriminatory treatment of students based on their personal or social backgrounds, preferences, or characteristics.

         

      4. Commencement

        All full-time faculty members are expected to participate in the annual commencement, wearing academic dress.

    2. Research and Creative Activity

      Kent State University provides a wealth of opportunities for faculty professional development in research and creative activity.

      Institutional Research & Creative Activity Support/University Research Council. The University Research Council funds research and other scholarly activity, travel to professional conferences, publication page charges, and publication reprint charges. The University also awards Summer and Academic Year Research and Creative Activity Appointments to faculty members selected through a peer review process.

      Faculty Professional Improvement Leaves (Sabbatical). Research and Creative Activity Sabbaticals and Leaves of Absence policies are detailed in the University Policy Register.

  3. Faculty Grievances and Appeals

    The Grievance and Appeals process for the hearing and disposition of faculty grievances and appeals at the Kent State Columbiana Campus at East Liverpool conforms with the Grievance/Appeals process of the University as a whole. This process will be observed in the letter and the spirit of both procedural and substantive due process (see the current Collective Bargaining Agreements).

  4. Conduct and Complaint Policies

    1. Faculty/Student Conduct

      The Kent State Columbiana County Campus at East Liverpool subscribes to the conduct policies set forth in the University Digest of Rules and Regulations and the University Policy Register. At a minimum, faculty should strive to achieve the following in their classrooms:

      • The treatment of all participants, faculty and students alike, with courtesy, civility, and respect;
      • The establishment of a climate wherein questions, relevant comments, imagination, and intellectual interaction are encouraged;
      • The nondiscriminatory treatment of students, regardless of their personal or social backgrounds, preferences, or characteristics;
      • The encouragement of civil conduct by the addition of a statement in the syllabus to that effect.
    2. Cheating and Plagiarism

      Responses to cheating and plagiarism are discussed in detail in the University Policy Register and the Digest of Rules and Regulations. Appropriate punishment for each offense is an individual question and should be decided according to the University Policy Register and in consultation with other authorities as necessary.

    3. Harassment

      Kent State is absolutely committed to the principles of freedom of expression. Members of the University community have the right to hold, vigorously defend and promote their opinions. The maintenance of civility is crucial to the learning community. Therefore, Kent State is also committed to maintaining an educational and employment environment free from hostility, intimidation, or harassment based on such attributes as race, color, religion, national origin, age disability, gender and/or sexual orientation, or on any other basis.

    4. Equal Opportunity

      Kent State Columbiana County Campus at East Liverpool is committed to equal opportunity for all members of the campus community. Policies associated with this commitment can be found in the University Policy Register.

    5. Drugs, Alcohol, and Tobacco

      Kent State Columbiana County Campus at East Liverpool , like the University as a whole, is committed to following state and local laws concerning alcohol and tobacco use on campus, to maintaining a workplace free of illegal drugs, using as a guideline the Drug Free Schools and Communities Act Amendments of 1989 (Public Law 101-226). Specific guidelines for both faculty and student conduct with respect to alcohol and drugs can be found in the University Policy Register and in the Digest of Rules and Regulations. We at East Liverpool recognize addiction as a serious medical problem and encourage both faculty and students to seek appropriate therapies, whether the addiction is illegal or legal.