Tenure and Non-Tenure Track Appointments | East Liverpool Campus Faculty Handbook | Kent State University

Tenure and Non-Tenure Track Appointments

A prospective faculty member’s appointment to Kent State University at East Liverpool must be approved by the Columbiana County Campuses’ Dean and Chief Administrative Officer, the Academic unit, the Collegial/School Dean and Chief Administrative Officer, the vice president for Kent State System Integration, and the Office of the Provost. Appointments are then made by the Board of Trustees, upon the recommendation of the President. All other faculty personnel recommendations are subject to similar approval.

The procedure for hiring a new faculty member to Kent State University at East Liverpool conforms to the Hiring Steps for Full-Time Faculty Policy. Typically, after a campus review of enrollment trends and projections, a position request is made to the Dean for Regional Campuses. If approved, generally a job description is crafted establishing the qualifications for the position, describing the nature of the position, and establishing the deadline dates for application. The position is then advertised appropriately following current procedures and HR practices. The job description should identify a person to whom applications should be directed.

The Kent State University at East Liverpool search committees are generally formed by the Dean and Chief Administrative Officer of the Campus and approved by the Office of Compliance, Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action (EOAA). Committees generally consist of tenured or tenure-track faculty (although provisions are sometimes made for the participation of NTT faculty) and the chair is usually a senior faculty member at Kent State University at East Liverpool. Once committees are formally charged by the Dean and Chief Administrative Officer, the committee members are provided with training through the Office of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion to ensure fair-hiring practices and the following of hiring protocols.

The search committee is responsible for identifying a short list of candidates to be submitted to the department chair for review and approval. From the list of candidates approved by the department, the search committee submits a list of three or four candidates to the Campus Dean and Chief Administrative Officer. A search committee, if it so chooses, may rank the candidates in accordance with the current Collective Bargaining Agreement.

Typically at the conclusion of the committee’s screening process and following the approval of the Office of Compliance, Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action (EOAA), the office of the Campus Dean and Chief Administrative Officer completes the hiring process and an offer of appointment is extended.  This offer must be in writing and will minimally include the department of the prospective faculty member; dates and periods of employment; the type of appointment, tenure, or promotion; other terms of appointment, such as the initial Regional Campus to which the faculty member is assigned, promotion and tenure clauses; the responsibilities of the position; and possibilities for summer teaching. (See Hiring Steps for Full-Time Faculty or current policy and practices.)   

While faculty are full members of their respective Kent Campus academic units, their tenure and teaching assignments are in the Regional Campus System, which is budgeted separately from the Kent Campus. This means that new faculty members must become aware of the structure of governance, standards for evaluation of probationary faculty, and the general culture within both their departments and Kent State University at East Liverpool. This section of the university-wide Faculty Handbook should provide an overview of the East Liverpool Campus and the Regional Campuses system. However, new faculty members are strongly encouraged to learn about their own departments from their department handbook, their chair and other senior faculty, and to engage in a modest amount of departmental service.

Moreover, the University has the right to reassign an individual to a different campus from his or her initial appointment. Final decisions are made by the Provost and are governed by considerations of seniority as well as the procedures outlined in the Collective Bargaining Agreements for regular and NTT faculty.