Director of the School

The chief administrative officer of the School of Communication Studies is a Director, who is recommended for appointment by the Dean of the College after consultation with the School's Faculty Advisory Committee (hereinafter referred to as the FAC). Procedures for selecting and reviewing the Director are specified in the Collective Bargaining Agreement. The School Director is responsible for recording, maintaining, and implementing policies and procedures, in regular and thorough consultation with the School's faculty and College and University administrators. The Director, in consultation with the FAC, shall insure coordination of all courses offered across Kent State University campuses.


The functions of the Director include those found in the appropriate sections of the Collective Bargaining Agreement, and other duties found in the University Register, the Handbook, and such others as may be assigned by the Dean of the College. The Director is the primary spokesperson for the School on matters relating to the University and non-University constituencies.

In regular consultation with the faculty, as appropriate, the Director's duties include, but are not limited to:

  1. Enforcing university regulations
  2. Representing the School in collegial and university matters
  3. Developing and carrying out administration and educational policies in the School
  4. Developing budgetary priorities, and overseeing and developing the School budget
  5. Recommending research, instructional, professional improvement, as well as personal leaves
  6. Recommending appointment, reappointment, tenure, promotion, and termination
  7. Appointing, evaluating, and recommending promotion and termination of non-academic personnel
  8. Overseeing administration of the graduate and undergraduate programs
  9. Overseeing faculty professional development
  10. Overseeing teaching assignments and schedules of instructional personnel
  11. Counseling faculty, instructors, and graduate assistants about teaching performance
  12. Supervising office staff, operations, and work schedules
  13. Maintaining relationships with the regional campus system about personnel and curricular matters
  14. Leading School development activities in consultation with the University Development Office
  15. Maintaining custody of university property charged to the School
  16. Supervising the academic counseling of majors in the School
  17. Overseeing alumni relations and activities
  18. Recommending Faculty Excellence Award increases in accordance with CBA and University policies