Matters of Regional Campus Governance and Related Procedures | Salem Campus Faculty Handbook | Kent State University

Matters of Regional Campus Governance and Related Procedures

The purpose of the Salem Campus Faculty Handbook is to describe the policies and procedures that govern the professional academic rights and responsibilities of the faculty at the Salem Campus. Specific information on how these policies and procedures are implemented at the Salem Campus is contained in this handbook.

For more in-depth information, see the University Policy Register (https://www.kent.edu/policyreg) and the Collective Bargaining Agreements (Tenured/Tenure Track (http://aaupksu.org/tt/content/tt_cba_2015.pdf and Non-Tenure Track http://aaupksu.org/ftntt/content/ftntt_cba_2016_unsigned.pdf).

Nothing in this document may take precedence over existing University policies, especially the University Policy Register and the Collective Bargaining Agreements, nor shall anything in this Faculty Handbook be construed as modifying these documents in any way.

  1. Handbook Modification

    The handbook committee of the FC can propose modifications to this handbook.  All proposed modifications must be approved by the voting members of the FC, the Campus Dean, and the Provost in accordance with Article VI, Section VII of the CBA

  2. Salem Campus Faculty Council

    The Tenure-Track Collective Bargaining Agreement states that ―Each Regional Campus shall establish a Faculty Council (FC), which council shall be representative of the Faculty members of the Regional Campus and shall at all times be comprised of such persons as shall be determined from time to time by the Faculty members primarily assigned to the Regional Campus (Article VI, Section VI). The Salem Campus FC consists of all resident tenured and tenure track and all full time non-tenure track faculty. All resident tenured and tenure track and elected full time non-tenure track faculty have voting rights; the non-tenure track faculty will elect one voting member for every two tenure track faculty members.  The Faculty Council is an advisory and recommendatory body to the Dean on those matters which are specified in Article VI in the Collective Bargaining Agreement.

  3. Committees

    While the Salem administration usually works directly with faculty, either individually or through the Faculty Council, it also makes use of several committees to advise administration and the Faculty Council in important areas of operational concern. These include but are not limited to the Columbiana County Campuses Diversity Council, the Library Committee, the Faculty Handbook Committee, the Technology Committee, the Staffing Needs Committee, the Student Complaint Review Committee, the Travel Committee, the Safety Committee, the FEA Committee, the Care Team, and the Undergraduate Research Committee. In addition, the Salem Campus is well represented on other Regional Campus-wide councils and committees. Salem Campus faculty are also involved in the Faculty Senate, a university-wide body of representatives elected from each academic unit (colleges, independent schools, regional campuses), and other departmental and University committees.

  4. Advisory Boards

    Advisory board for the salem campus

    The Salem Campus Advisory Board consists of community members from the Salem area.  Its function is to advise the Campus Dean on the needs and concerns of the community.  In turn, it is the Dean’s responsibility to keep the Board informed of continuing developments on the Campus.

    PROGRAM ADVISORY BOARDS

    Some technical programs at the Campus have an advisory board to provide advice and direction to the Program Directors. Advisors are practitioners in their field and advise on job prospects, skills/abilities required by graduates to be competitive job applicants, curriculum issues, and issues related to the field.  In general, the advisors keep the program director and/or faculty current on professional and industry matters and how these might affect the program.

  5. Grievances and Appeals

    The Grievance and Appeals process for the hearing and disposition of faculty grievances and appeals at the Salem Campus of Kent State University exactly conforms to 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. Before a formal process begins, attempts should be made to resolve all grievances informally. (See CBAs, Tenure-Track, Article VII; Non-Tenure Track, Article VII.)

  6. Role of Salem Campus Faculty in Departmental Affairs

    All full-time tenured and tenure-track faculty at the Salem Campus are members of their respective departmental faculty on the Kent Campus or in the Regional College, thereby sharing full faculty rights and responsibilities in their home departments.

    Salem Campus faculty members are represented on a number of department, college, and university committees, such as faculty advisory committees and curriculum committees.  They participate in a variety of other matters relative to the academic responsibilities of their departments, including participation in departmental search committees, promotion and tenure committees, and appointment and reappointment committees.

    Salem Campus faculty members hold rank within their respective academic departments and are then reviewed by their colleagues for reappointment, tenure, and promotion. However, when tenure is granted, it is limited to the Regional Campus system only.