Faculty of the School
The voting faculty consists of all tenured and tenure-track full-time members of the School of Library and Information Science holding the rank of Assistant Professor and above. The School uses the term "tenured/tenure-track faculty" (T/TTF) to identify all tenured and tenure-track full-time faculty having full voting rights whether on active duty or on authorized leaves of absence (e.g., Professional Improvement Leaves). Members of the T/TTF should qualify for membership in the Graduate Faculty (See Section VI of this document).
The Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA), effective August 16, 2012 makes provision for the faculty of the School of Library and Information Science to elect a Faculty Advisory Committee (FAC) or to decide that all members of the faculty will be members of the FAC. The Director, an ex officio non-voting member of the FAC, serves as Chairperson of the FAC. Meetings are usually held at least once per month during the Fall and Spring semesters, and as needed during the summer semesters. The FAC shall be the primary advisory and recommendatory body to the School’s Director on those academic matters which are central to the department's academic mission; on other matters on which the Director seeks its recommendation; and, on other matters of concern to the FAC (See FT-TT CBA Article VI, Section 3.A, http://www.kent.edu/hr/labor/upload/2012aaupttcba.pdf, page 10).
There are other categories of faculty appointment in the School: full-time, non-tenure-track faculty (NTT) and part-time adjuncts. The FAC may elect to include full-time, non-tenure-track faculty in its membership on a case-by-case basis each year. These members may not participate in personnel and merit decisions regarding tenured/tenure-track faculty. The School uses the term “full-time faculty” to identify all full-time voting members of the FAC, including NTT faculty, when approved by T/TTF. While part-time adjuncts may not be approved for FAC membership, the Director and the tenured/tenure-track faculty welcome their suggestions.