The FAC shall be concerned with all aspects of the operation of the Department consistent with the CBA and University policies and may make recommendations on any matter not assigned to another committee by this Handbook, but its primary responsibility shall be faculty governance and the strategic planning and development of departmental policy in cooperation with the Chair. Like other committees, the FAC has the obligation to contribute to the vitality of Faculty Meetings by referring to it important matters for discussion, including curriculum development, the recruitment and hiring of faculty, and proposals for policy change or new directions of substantial impact on the Department as a whole.
The meetings of the FAC are chaired by the Department Chair. The FAC is structured and operates as described in the applicable Collective Bargaining Agreement.
The membership of FAC is composed as follows:
All full-time, tenured and tenure-track faculty on the Kent Campus;
All full-time, non-tenure-track faculty on the Kent Campus;
One representative of the full-time, tenured and tenure-track faculty on the Regional Campuses (when feasible), elected by those faculty;
One representative of the full-time, non-tenure-track faculty on the Regional Campuses (when feasible), elected by those faculty;
An undergraduate and graduate student representative may participate in the meetings of the FAC without the right to vote.
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. Faculty 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 agenda and any resolutions for a meeting of the FAC shall be distributed beforehand to faculty members and, aside from personnel matters, student representatives. No recommendation will be made on any matter which is not on the announced agenda or on any resolution not circulated beforehand unless the FAC, by consensus or by a simple majority of the members present and voting, recommends the suspension of this rule for the particular meeting.
Voting rules described in III.D. below (“Faculty Meeting”) shall apply in FAC meetings, as well.