Structure and Organization of the Schools | Kent State University

Structure and Organization of the Schools

The School of Art is comprised of three divisions representing the disciplines of Art Education, Art History, and the Studio Arts, which division includes Ceramics, Drawing, Glass, Jewelry / Metals, Painting, Printmaking and Photography, Sculpture, and Textile Arts.  The work of each division is coordinated by a TT faculty member designated "division coordinator." For the purposes of role, responsibility, and specific expertise, individual faculty are identified with a particular division and hold undergraduate and/or graduate faculty status within it.  Faculty, however, may be assigned teaching responsibilities in more than one division.  Each division offers curricula leading to the baccalaureate and masters degrees. The Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degree is offered in Art Education, Art History, and Studio Arts. The Bachelor of Fine Arts (B.F.A.) degree is offered in Studio Arts. The Master of Arts (M.A.) degree is offered in Art Education, Art History, and Studio Arts.  The Master of Fine Arts (M.F.A.) degree is offered in Studio Arts.

  1. Throughout this handbook tenure-track and tenured faculty will be identified as "TT faculty." The term "faculty" will encompass all faculty members, including tenured, tenure-track, non-tenure track, part-time, adjuncts and visiting instructors. Non-tenure track faculty shall be identified as “NTT faculty.
  1. The Faculty

    The regular faculty includes both Tenure-Track (TT) and Non-Tenure Track (NTT) faculty members. The TT faculty includes those persons holding full-time, tenure-track appointments on the Kent Campus and the regional campuses with the rank of Assistant Professor, Associate Professor, and Professor. In addition to differentiation in rank, the faculty is divided into undergraduate and graduate faculty. The Non-Tenure Track Faculty may hold the rank of Lecturer, Associate Lecturer, or Senior Lecturer (for those without appropriate terminal degree); or Assistant Professor, Associate Professor, or Professor (for those with appropriate terminal degree).

    The faculty will meet at least once per semester in a meeting called by the director, or, in meetings requested by one fourth of the regular faculty. Only TT and NTT faculty may vote. All other faculty, i.e., part-time, temporary, or visiting appointments, may attend school faculty meetings and participate in discussion and deliberation, but may not vote.  The faculty, through its elected representatives on school committees, is advisory and recommendatory to the director on those academic matters that are central to the mission of the School.

    While regional campus faculty members hold appointments specifically in the regional campus system, they are also regular members of their respective schools and colleges and are to be represented on important school committees, such as, but not limited to, the ad hoc Tenure and Promotion Committee, the Student Academic Complaint Committee, and the Undergraduate Curriculum Committee.

    Teaching assignments, load, and salary determinations for regional campus faculty are the responsibility of the regional campus dean. The director of the School of Art may stipulate particular courses which regional campus faculty will be approved to teach and, in addition, may participate in recruitment and act on recommendations for appointment of full-time and part-time regional campus faculty candidates.

  2. The Graduate Faculty

    Graduate faculty membership shall be determined by the dean of the College of the Arts, the graduate faculty committee of the School of Art, and the director of the School of Art shall recommend candidates for graduate faculty status to the dean.

    Criteria for Graduate Faculty Membership

    As a graduate degree granting school, the School of Art normally requires that all TT faculty members be eligible for appointment to the graduate faculty as associate or full members. The Administrative policy regarding graduate faculty is included in the University Policy Register 3342-6-15.1.

  3. The Assistant to the Director

    The Assistant to the Director is appointed by the director in consultation with the faculty. The role and responsibilities will include meeting with the director on a regular basis, providing administrative assistance and/or leadership on matters pertaining to the school as needed (scheduling, curriculum, budget, publicity, media, among other items), implementing established procedures and policies of undergraduate programs, assisting as needed with recruitment efforts for both on-site and online programs, collaborating with the College of the Arts marketing team to highlight the strengths of the school, and conducting other duties as determined by and in consultation with the director.

  4. The Coordinator of Graduate Studies

    The coordinator of graduate studies shall be appointed by the director in consultation with the faculty, and shall serve for a term of three years.  He or she may be reappointed, may relinquish the position at any time, or may be recalled by petition to the faculty by a simple majority of the graduate faculty.

    The coordinator of graduate studies shall be required to hold graduate faculty status, shall chair the Graduate Faculty Committee, and shall serve as school representative on the University Graduate Council. The coordinator of graduate studies serves as the School liaison to the division of Research and Graduate Studies for graduate students.

    The Coordinator of Graduate Studies will be responsible for

    1.   Implementing established procedures and policies of the graduate programs, and for their effective and efficient operation;
    2.   participating in recruitment efforts, including: communication with potential applicants, meeting with potential applicants, coordinating communication between faculty and potential applicants;
    3.   overseeing and coordinating admissions into the School's graduate programs;
    4.   Serving as School liaison to the College of the Arts, the Graduate Council and the division of Research and Graduate Studies, and Office of Global Education;
    5.   formalizing performance evaluations of graduate student teaching, communicating with students as needed pertaining to issues of evaluation;   
    6.   overseeing and coordinating community-building events among graduate students and faculty;
    7.   addressing requests for extensions to time limits and leaves of absence;         
    8.   implementing the current policies of the School's graduate programs and the current policies of the College of the Arts;
    9.   maintaining and processing graduate student records;
    10. work in tandem with faculty in graduate student advising as needed;
    11. coordinating changes and improvements in graduate curricula, requirements, and programs;
    12. chairing meetings of the Graduate Faculty;
    13. serving as advisor for the School's Graduate Student Council;
  5. Division Coordinators

    Each division shall have a coordinator who shall represent the common interests of his/her respective faculty and advise and assist the director in the administration of the School. The division coordinator shall be elected by the TT faculty of the division, subject to the approval of the director, and shall serve for a term of three years. He or she may stand for re-election, may relinquish the position at any time, or may be recalled by petition to the faculty by a simple majority of the TT faculty of the program. The duties of division coordinators shall be determined by the director. It is expected that Coordinators will hold regular and special meetings for the business of the division, and will act for the development and welfare of all faculty and students of the School of Art.

  6. Additional Appointed Positions

    Appointments to other administrative positions are made by the director after consultation with the faculty and with approval by the college dean. Appointments will depend upon the specific requirements of the position and the individual’s qualifications for the position.

  7. Non-Academic Staff

    The School's non-academic staff includes all classified and unclassified staff positions within the School, including but not limited to the administrative assistant and secretarial staff.  Each position has specific duties as defined in the applicable position description.

    1. The Director of Galleries & Collections

      The director of galleries & collections of the School of Art shall be appointed with the primary responsibility of overseeing the operations of the School of Art Gallery, the Downtown Gallery, the Michener Gallery in the main library, the student galleries, and the Eells Gallery at Blossom Music Center. The appointment of the director of galleries & collections shall be the responsibility of the director of the School of Art in consultation with the faculty, which shall serve as search committee on behalf of all faculty and programs of the School of Art.

  8. School Committees

    All School of Art committees are advisory and recommendatory to the director. The membership, structure, and function of some of the School's committees are governed by university, administrative and operational policies and the applicable Collective Bargaining Agreement.  The director may establish ad hoc committees in consultation with the faculty. The director will welcome requests from TT faculty members for positions on the School’s various committees. Participation of NTT faculty is welcome but not required. The director, when making appointments to School committees, will be mindful of the diversity of disciplines within the School and will consider the expertise and interests necessary for the effective functioning of specific committees.

    1. The Faculty Advisory Committee

      All School of Art committees are advisory and recommendatory to the director. The membership, structure, and function of some of the School's committees are governed by university, administrative and operational policies and the applicable Collective Bargaining Agreement.  The director may establish ad hoc committees in consultation with the faculty. The director will welcome requests from TT faculty members for positions on the School’s various committees. Participation of NTT faculty is welcome but not required. The director, when making appointments to School committees, will be mindful of the diversity of disciplines within the School and will consider the expertise and interests necessary for the effective functioning of specific committees.

    2. Committees and Commissions

      The term of membership in all committees shall be one academic year.

      Commissions, comprised of one or more members, shall be established from time to time to do the circumstantial work of the School when efficiency and convenience are essential. Commissions may be established by the director, the faculty, or by any standing committee of the School of Art.

      The following standing committees of the School of Art are accountable to the faculty and are advisory and recommendatory to the director:

      1. The Gallery and Accessions Committee

        Comprised of the director of galleries and collections (who shall be chairperson), and TT faculty members elected by and representing the divisions. The function of the committee is advisory and recommendatory to the director for galleries and collections in planning exhibitions, formulating policy, and purchasing work for the School collections.

      2. The Graduate Faculty Committee

        Comprised of those faculty members with graduate faculty status, which includes thesis advisors. The function of the committee is to recommend graduate status for eligible faculty to the director of the School of Art and the dean of the College of the Arts.  (Chairperson: the coordinator of graduate studies)

      3. The Graduate Curriculum Committee

        The Graduate Curriculum Committee is comprised of four TT faculty members with graduate status elected by and representing the divisions. The function of the Committee is to periodically review the graduate programs and recommend curricular changes to the faculty and the director of the School of Art.  (Chairperson: coordinator of graduate studies)

      4. The Scholarship Committee

        Comprised of four TT faculty members elected by and representing the divisions. The function of the Committee is to review each semester the portfolios and applications for School of Art Scholarships, and to determine recipients. (Chairperson: appointed by the director of the School of Art)

      5. The Student Academic Complaint Committee

        The Student Academic Complaint Committee is comprised of the division coordinators, and the addition of at least one (1) student representative to the Committee. The policies and procedures of this committee are governed by University Policy 3342-4-02.3. An undergraduate student will be added to the committee for complaints from undergraduate courses and a graduate student will be added to the committee for complaints from graduate courses. The function of the Committee is to review and resolve academic and non-academic complaints filed by students.  In the event that a member of the Student Academic Complaint Committee is the subject of or may otherwise be involved with a student complaint, the faculty will select a replacement from his/her division. The chair should be selected from division members not involved in the dispute.

      6. The Undergraduate Curriculum Committee

        The Undergraduate Curriculum Committee shall be selected from among members of the faculty. The function of the committee is to periodically review the undergraduate program and recommend curricular changes to the director of the School.

      7. Ad hoc Reappointment, Tenure, and Promotion Committee

        The policies and procedures which govern the Schoolʼs ad hoc  Reappointment,Tenure and Promotion (RTP) Committee are included in University Policy. Procedural and operational guidelines for this committee are provided annually by the Office of the Provost. This committee reviews materials relevant to the professional performance of TT faculty who are candidates for reappointment, tenure, or promotion in rank, and to make recommendations to the director on each of these personnel decisions. The recommendations of this committee and the director, together with the materials assembled for the committees, are forwarded to the dean of the College.

      8. Other ad hoc Committees

        The director may establish, charge, and appoint the membership of ad hoc committees as required by the School. In establishing ad hoc committees, naming members and designating a committee chair, the director shall consult with the faculty. The director will welcome requests and preferences from the faculty before establishing and making appointments to ad hoc committees.