Recruiting Faculty

The Department supports the goals of equal opportunity and affirmative action in recruiting and in making appointments to the faculty and strongly encourages minority candidates to apply.  The Department seeks to hire faculty members who have proven track records in teaching and research, or have potential to engage in quality research and teaching. Full‑time tenure-track faculty positions are advertised nationally. It is the responsibility of the Chair and the search committee to provide the job description for the open position(s) and design advertisements. Search Committees are appointed by the Chair after consultation with the FAC and faculty members in the specific area or discipline for the hire.

All appropriate candidate information received will be made available in the department office to all full-time department faculty. Following the search, the committee recommends to the Chair several candidates to be invited to campus for interviews.  Each candidate who is invited to campus for an interview will present a seminar before the Department to which all faculty and students are invited.  After campus interviews the search committee, with input from the faculty, may recommend its choice of candidates to the Chair. Committee recommendations are advisory to the Chair who makes a recommendation to the Dean, after seeking advice from faculty with cognate research and teaching interests as the candidates.  If the Dean concurs with the Chair, a recommendation is forwarded to the Office of the Provost.  If the Chair's recommendation is different than that of the search committee and the faculty, the Chair shall inform the Dean of all recommendations and the reasons for the disagreement.

In the event of a vacancy to be filled by a temporary part-time appointment on the Kent campus, the Chair seeks to meet the need by offering the position to a qualified person chosen from an established pool of applicants maintained for this purpose.  Required qualifications for appointments to the several disciplinary areas of the department are detailed in this section of the Handbook.  The Department Chair will annually invite applications from persons qualified to teach.

  1. Regional Campus Faculty Recruitment

    Full time tenure-track (TT) and non-tenure track (NTT) recruitment for M&IS faculty at the Regional Campuses is a joint effort between the Regional Campus faculty and the M&IS faculty at the Kent Campus. Although the mission of the Regional Campuses is different from that of the Kent Campus, the M&IS Department’s involvement in the hiring process is to ensure that faculty hired to teach M&IS courses have the requisite qualifications to do so, especially in light of AACSB requirements that the preponderance of full time faculty be academically and professionally qualified, and can withstand the rigors of the reappointment, tenure and promotion review processes.

    1. The M&IS Department Chair, in consultation with the FAC, will select a department representative to serve on the search committee for the Regional Campus faculty recruitment.
    2. The M&IS representative should work with the Regional Campus Dean or his/her designee in crafting the job description for the position for which a search is underway.
    3. After the search committee reviews the applicant pool to select a short list of those they wish to consider further, the files of the applicants on the short list are sent to the M&IS Department for approval/disapproval screening. Applicants not approved receive no further consideration.
    4. As part of the interview schedule, candidates will be interviewed at the Kent Campus by members of the M&IS Department. Whenever, appropriate, formal presentations and colloquia to which all faculty and students are invited will be part of the interview process.
    5. After the campus visits by all candidates the M&IS Department evaluates and reports to the search committee which candidates are acceptable and which are unacceptable, and may rank order acceptable candidates. Candidates that the M&IS Department does not find acceptable will not be approved for rank in the department.