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Positions

The overriding philosophy of the School of Communication Studies is that all faculty and the Director should teach, conduct research, and serve the University and their profession. All positions are intended to reflect these goals.

  1. 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
  2. Undergraduate Coordinator

    The FAC elects and recommends to the Director a regular, full-time, faculty member in the School of Communication Studies to serve as Undergraduate Coordinator for a renewable 2-year term. The election normally takes place by the end of the spring semester for a term to begin with the ensuing fall semester.

    The Undergraduate Coordinator supervises operation and development of the School's undergraduate programs. In consultation with the Undergraduate Studies Committee, the faculty, and the Director, as appropriate, the Undergraduate Coordinator's duties include, but are not limited to:

     

    1. a.   Evaluating students’ eligibility for admission into the School's undergraduate programs
    2. Counseling transfer students and new undergraduate majors
    3. Administering undergraduate program policies and curriculum revision and development
    4. Serving as a liaison to the CCI advising staff
    5. Scheduling undergraduate classes and recommending undergraduate teaching assignments
    6. Supervising undergraduate student recruitment
    7. Chairing meetings of the Undergraduate Studies Committee
    8. Monitoring undergraduate student registration and academic progress
    9. Recommending undergraduate students for university, college, school, or professional awards
    10. Responding to student petitions and requests for program changes
    11. Updating undergraduate program catalog copy
    12. Maintaining supervisory responsibility for the LER, diversity, and writing intensive courses
    13. Serving as the School representative to the College Curriculum Committee
  3. Graduate Coordinator

    The Graduate Faculty elects and recommends to the Director a regular, full-time, graduate faculty member in the School of Communication Studies, who is approved to direct doctoral dissertations, to serve as Graduate Coordinator for a renewable 2-year term. The election normally takes place by the end of the spring semester for a term to begin with the ensuing fall semester.

    The Graduate Coordinator supervises operation and development of the School's graduate programs. In consultation with the Graduate Studies Committee, the Graduate Faculty, and the Director, as appropriate, the Graduate Coordinator's duties include, but are not limited to:

    1. Supervising and coordinating admissions to the School's graduate program
    2. Coordinating graduate advising and new graduate student orientation
    3. Recommending graduate students for appointment as graduate assistants and teaching fellows (and for part-time teaching, as appropriate)
    4. Recommending graduate assistant and teaching fellow duties
    5. Recommending the schedule of graduate classes and graduate teaching assignments
    6. Administering graduate program policies and curriculum revision and development
    7. Conducting graduate faculty reviews and recommending graduate faculty membership
    8. Supervising graduate student recruitment, preparation of recruiting materials, and the application process
    9. Monitoring graduate student registration and academic progress
    10. Responding to student petitions and requests for program changes, and clearing graduate students for graduation
    11. Conducting comprehensive exams, graduate student program reviews, and reviews of graduate student performance
    12. Recommending graduate students for university, college, school, or professional awards
    13. Updating graduate program catalog copy and the graduate student handbook
    14. Planning and administering the annual Cowperthwaite Lecture and Summer Visiting Scholar program
    15. Chairing meetings of the Graduate Studies Committee
    16. Serving as the School representative to the College Graduate Coordinators’ Council and the College Doctoral Program Committee
    17. Advising the School's Communication Graduate Student Association
  4. Basic Course Director

    The FAC recommends to the School Director a Basic Course Director (BCD). The BCD (COMM 15000) coordinates the construction and dissemination of syllabi, assignments, forms, guidelines, and additional materials to instructors on all campuses in accordance with the course standards established by Communication Studies Undergraduate Committee and approved by the University’s Curriculum Committee. The BCD prioritizes the standardization of the course across all sections of the course taught either by Faculty or Teaching Assistants at all campuses. The BCD develops and disseminates “The Common Syllabus” to all faculty and teaching assistants on all Kent State campuses to insure qualification for and/or inclusion in The Ohio Board of Regents Transfer Module and Kent State University’s Liberal Education Requirements. In consultation with the faculty and School Director, as appropriate, the BCD’s duties include, but are not limited to:

     

     a.     Serve as Lecturer for the Lecture/Lab sections

     b.     Developing and assessing appropriate uses of technology

     c.     Developing expectations for the Assistant Basic Course Director

     d.     Recommending a Teaching Assistant to serve as the Assistant Director

     e.     Meeting regularly with and providing instructions for the Assistant Director

     f.      Developing expectations for Teaching Assistants

                   i.   Recommending Teaching Assistants to teach the basic course

                    ii.  Coordinating the efforts of the Teaching Assistants via regular meetings and contact

    g.    Selecting textbook(s) and ancillary materials for the course

    h.    Creating examinations and scoring criteria for the Lecture/Lab sections

    i.     Facilitating regular training activities for Faculty and Teaching Assistants

    j.     Conferring with basic course students who require assistance or intervention beyond the Faculty or Teaching Assistants’ abilities or responsibilities

    k.    Exercising efforts relevant to maintaining or increasing student registration in the course

    l.     Serving as a liaison to other departments on campus by advising them of the importance of the basic course to their students and by consulting with them on ways to adapt the basic course to better serve their students.

     

    The BCD will strive to maintain the intellectual standards and positive profile of the Basic Communication Course. The course director will communicate regularly with the Undergraduate Coordinator for the purpose of insuring fulfillment of the responsibilities and duties mentioned herein.

  5. Undergraduate Advisor and Internship Coordinator

    The FAC recommends to the School Director one full-time, faculty member to serve as Undergraduate Advisor and Internship Coordinator. In consultation with the faculty and School Director, as appropriate, the Undergraduate Advisor and Internship Coordinator’s duties include, but are not limited to:

     

    a.    Assisting students with their graduation plans and course registration

    b.    Facilitating students’ registration into internship hours

    c.     Maintaining regular office hours and student advising appointments

    d.    Maintaining student internship records

    e.    Keeping up to date with university and school registration procedures and policies           

    f.     Serving on the Undergraduate Studies Committee

  6. The Associate Director

    The School may appoint an Associate Director. The Associate Director is recommended for appointment by the Director of the School after consultation with the School's FAC. The duties of the Associate Director are determined by the School Director and Dean.