KENT STATE UNIVERSITY
SCHOOL OF MUSIC
FULL-TIME NON-TENURE-TRACK FACULTY
In addition to all information presented above, full-time, non-tenure-track faculty contract allow for the following:
1. Full-time non-tenure-track faculty (FTNTT) appointments are made on an annual basis. FTNTT appointments are not included under the umbrella of the University policy and procedures regarding faculty tenure (See, University Policy Register 3342-6-14) and FTNTT faculty members are not entitled to any rights with regard to tenure. FTNTT faculty members are governed by the University Policy and Procedures and the FTNTT CBA.
2. FTNTT music faculty are appointed in one of two distinct areas, academic and performance. For the academic area, normally the terminal degree level for determining appointment is the doctorate in music. For performance faculty, normally the terminal degree level for determining appointment is the master of music. Faculty members, who qualify, may hold joint appointments in academic and performance areas.
3. FTNTT faculty are also appointed to one of the following tracks: Instructional, Clinical, Practitioner, or Research. Music faculty are normally assigned to the Instructional or Practitioner tracks, as determined by the School Director in consultation with the faculty member.
B. Faculty Ranks
1. Lecturer/Associate Lecturer/Senior Lecturer. These ranks are intended for persons who have not earned the terminal degree in their discipline.
2. Assistant Professor/Associate Professor/Professor. These ranks are intended for persons who have earned the terminal degree in their discipline.
C. Role and Responsibility of the Faculty
Each faculty member is expected to contribute to the School, Campus, College and the University according to the terms and conditions of his/her letter of appointment. For FTNTT faculty, the primary contributions are in the areas of teaching and service. High-quality teaching is expected of all faculty members. High-quality scholarly activity is expected of FTNTT faculty whose appointment specifies it.
Faculty members are expected to provide students with a syllabus which includes the subject matter to be covered in a course, a listing of assignments and/or reports, approximate dates of examinations, grading standards, attendance requirements, and other pertinent details of the conduct of the class. A Student Survey of Instruction (hereinafter “SSI”) is required in each course in each semester and will be conducted under the auspices of the Director pursuant to applicable University policies and procedures.
D. Faculty Workload and Workload Equivalents
FTNTT Faculty workload in the School of Music is based on the equivalent of 30 load hours of teaching per academic year. Because of the unique nature of music instruction, a load credit for courses varies with the nature of the delivery. (A complete load computation appears as Appendix 2.A.) For clarification, two typical faculty loads with the School follow:
1. A faculty member who teaches five three-hour classroom courses in which normal lecture, preparation and paper/test grading is involved receives 15 semester-hours of load credit, which also equals 15 contact-hours.
2. According to nationally recognized practice, a faculty member who teaches applied music teaches 22.5 contact-hours weekly, which converts to a 15 semester-hour load. There are many possible variations to music loads, especially since many faculty teach a combination of classroom, studio courses and ensembles.
E. See “Renewal of Appointment and Third-Year Full Performance Reviews of Full-Time Non-tenure-track (FTNTT) Faculty” on p. 47.
F. FTNTT Promotion Procedures and Policies
School of Music policies on promotion are designed to supplement university policies on promotion, and to provide music faculty with additional information and further clarification about criteria for promotion. In no way do School of Music policies supersede University policies regarding promotion, nor is anything in this document to be construed as contradicting policies outlined in the Collective Bargaining Agreement.
FTNTT Faculty may stand for promotion according to the guidelines set forth in the FTNTT CBA. Review of promotion files lies solely with the college-level Non-tenure-track Promotion Advisory Board (NPAB).
While not required, FTNTT music faculty standing for promotion are encouraged to engage in scholarly research and/or creative activity appropriate to their discipline as one form of professional development.
Peer Evaluation of Instruction – Renewal of Appointment
The following systematic peer evaluation procedure in no way precludes visitations by other members of the School of Music faculty. All members of the School of Music RTP (reappointment, tenure and promotion) committee may visit instruction sessions for each candidate under review. Faculty members who are observing instruction sessions are requested to follow guideline 6 (below), and to be sure that no more than one observer is present at any single private lesson.
1. The FAC should meet early in the fall semester, preferably during the first two weeks of classes, to elect a separate faculty committee for the evaluation of instruction of each faculty member under review for renewal the following fall. The committee should consist of two faculty in the School of Music with at least one member being of full-time non-tenure-track rank. For regional campus School of Music faculty, it is recommended that the regional faculty solicit an additional reviewer from their campus.
2. Each member of the evaluating committee should visit at least two complete instruction sessions (classes, private lesson, or ensemble rehearsal) presented by the faculty member under review. At the time of the election of the evaluating committee, the FAC should determine whether or not the visitations should include classes, private lessons, ensembles, or a combination of all assigned teaching duties.
3. Within two days following the election of the committee, the Director of the School of Music should notify the candidate that the election has been held and indicate which faculty members have been elected. The composition of the committee may be reviewed by the FAC upon request of the candidate. A request for review of the committee should be submitted to the Director within one week of the initial notification. After the committee is established by the FAC, the Director should ask each member to serve, indicating the makeup of the entire committee to each member. The Director should send out reminders to peer evaluators approximately five weeks into the semester and at later times on an as-needed basis.
4. A maximum of two evaluating committee members should visit the same class session or ensemble rehearsal, and a maximum of one committee member should visit the same private lesson.
5. Evaluating committees should attempt to observe the widest possible range of teaching activities. For example, if the faculty member teaches three different classroom courses, the committee should attempt to cover all three, and if possible, private lessons involving different students should be observed.
6. All observations should be made during the fall and spring semesters prior to the deadline for submission of the file. Each member of the evaluating committee should contact the faculty member under review to let him/her know that the visitations will be made during the year. Suggestions for specific times should be requested from the faculty member under review, but the members of the committee should be free to visit any class, private lesson, or ensemble rehearsal except for times when examinations have been scheduled. For each visitation, the member of the evaluating committee should notify the faculty member under review at least two working days in advance. If a committee member will not be able to attend an instructional session that was scheduled for a visitation, that member should notify the candidate of the cancellation as early as possible. Faculty should be sure that no more than one observer is present at any single private lesson. In-class observations are the expected norm; videotaped observations must be approved by the Director in advance of the class session. Observations of online classes may be appropriate in certain cases.
7. Within two weeks of each observation, the member of the evaluating committee should prepare a written report. This report should consist of comments on a standard form plus an additional evaluation, following whatever format the peer reviewer finds appropriate. The committee member should submit one copy of the report to the Director and one copy to the candidate. The Director will keep the reports on file. The Director should add the reports to the candidate’s file before the file is made available to the RTP Committee. The faculty member under review is encouraged to read the reports. He/she should have the opportunity to include a response to the written reports as part of the file.
8. These reports should be used directly for peer evaluation of instruction in renewal and promotion considerations. They should not be used in considerations for merit raises or any other evaluative processes, without the explicit written permission of the faculty member.
The above procedure applies to both Kent campus faculty and regional campus faculty. Teaching evaluations of regional campus faculty should also be done according to the procedures outlined in the handbook for each campus.