Other School Guidelines | School of Theatre and Dance Faculty Handbook | Kent State University

Other School Guidelines

  1. Goals and Mission of the School of Theatre and Dance

    The primary objectives of the School are to:

    1. Create an academic environment that promotes the intellectual and professional development of students and faculty;
    2. Develop and advance scholarly activity and creative activity, graduate education, and undergraduate education commensurate with the goals and mission of Kent State University;
    3. Provide programs for all students that meet the educational, artistic, and technological demands of the disciplines represented in the School;
    4. Offer courses in theatre, dance, and professional fields which provide the base for the career goals of students and faculty; and
    5. Provide the public with service commensurate with the goals and mission of Kent State University.

    Implicit in these objectives is our responsibility as teachers, which includes but is not limited to educating undergraduate and graduate students and providing continuing education while promoting and clarifying the role and philosophy of education in theatre and dance.

    A strong commitment to research and creative activity encompasses creating and maintaining an intellectual environment which allows us to advance knowledge, develop art and continue service to the public. 

    The School of Theatre and Dance values service to the University and to the general public. Our service should reflect the role of the University in the local community, in the State of Ohio, and in the nation.

    The School of Theatre and Dance provides students with liberal and professional education and prepares them for careers in the performing arts as artists, scholars, and educators. The School of Theatre and Dance production season serves as the primary laboratory for the development of student artistic expression and technique. As part of performing arts, theatre and dance reflect and communicate cultural values and identities intrinsic to human existence. As such, the study of theatre and dance is central to the humanities curriculum.

  2. Students

    1. Student Appointments to Committees

      Students, both undergraduate and graduate, are of primary concern to all faculty members, and students' academic needs are of primary importance to the School therefore  students participate in various School committees including the Curriculum Committee (CC), Graduate Studies Committee (GSC), and those ad hoc committees where students' viewpoints are useful and appropriate.  Student appointments to committees are made by the Director in consultation with the faculty members involved in and affected by a specific committee's work.

    2. Advising

      Full time Tenure track faculty are required to advise and counsel undergraduate and graduate students on academic matters. Individual faculty members are responsible for providing academic counseling to undergraduate students assigned to them and to other undergraduate students who seek such advice, as needed.  Student advising at the graduate level is conducted by the student's "major professor," the Graduate Coordinator and the advisor of the student’s comprehensive (acting) or culminating (design and technical) project.

    3. Student Academic Misconduct

      The University’s Administrative policy regarding student cheating and plagiarism is included in the University Policy Register. (See, University Policy Register 3342-3-01.8)

    4. Student Grievances and Academic Complaints

      The University’s policies and procedures that govern student grievances and student academic complaints are included in the University Policy Register. (See, University Policy Register 3342-4-02.102, 3342-02-3 and 3342-8-01.4)

    5. Transfer Credit

      The Office of Advising and Academic Services appoints an Advisor who is responsible for the evaluation of undergraduate transfer credit and may consult with a faculty member who teaches the specific course or courses at issue. Questions of transfer credit for other subject areas should be referred to the College office.

      Graduate transfer credit is evaluated according to the process described in the current Graduate School Catalog. Both master’s and doctoral transfer credit may be accepted if the criteria are met and the student's advisor, the Graduate Studies Committee, and the Dean approve the transfer credit.

    6. Privacy of Student Records

      The Director is responsible for ensuring that all members of the School comply with all laws and University Policies, which govern the privacy of student education records, including but not limited to the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA).  These regulations require, among other things, that faculty members keep thorough academic records and forbid the posting of grades by name, social security number or any other system that might identify a student with her/his education record. For further information, contact the University’s Office of Legal Affairs.

    7. Student Evaluations

      All courses are evaluated each semester, including summer sessions, using the approved Student Survey of Instruction (SSI). The SSI should be conducted during the last week of class, prior to final’s week. Faculty members are informed of the day and time for the evaluation and graduate students administer the SSIs under the direction of a School staff person.  At no time should the faculty member being reviewed be present in the room during the survey. SSIs are returned in a sealed envelope to the School office. The School staff arranges for the appropriate scoring of SSIs according to the approved group norms for the School. SSIs are not available to individual faculty members until after grades are submitted to the Registrar. SSIs and the results are maintained the School office and are available for faculty review. SSIs for Regional Campus faculty are administered and maintained by the campus at which the course is taught.

  3. Curricular Policies and Procedures

    1.   Curricula

    Curricular changes may be proposed by any faculty member for consideration by the Curriculum Committee and the Graduate Studies Committee.  Either of these committees may initiate curriculum changes. The proposal must be submitted to the faculty at least five (5) working days prior to a vote by the entire faculty. If the recommendation from either committee is not unanimous, a minority report may be submitted with the recommendation.  If recommended by a majority, the proposal is forwarded to the Director whose recommendation is sent to the College for consideration.

    2.   Final Exams

    Final examinations in all courses must be offered at the time and date specified in the University’s schedule of final examinations. Changes of the time and/or date of a final examination require prior approval of the Director, but in any case, the exam must also be offered at the time scheduled and publicized by the University for those students who desire to take the exam at that time.

    3.   Grades

    Faculty members must inform students of their progress throughout the semester. Grades are a faculty member's responsibility and should be assigned fairly and objectively. Submission of final grades must comply with University Policy, including but not limited to the deadline for the timely submission of grades. Failure of faculty members to provide grades in compliance with University Policy will be taken into consideration in reappointment, promotion, tenure and merit decisions. 

    Materials used in computing grades (e.g., exams, papers, reports, etc.) should be retained by the faculty member for five (5) years after final grades are submitted. Students have a right to inspect the written work performed during a course and discuss the grade with the faculty member.

    4. Audits

    Students may audit without credit any course subject to space availability and departmental approval. An audited course is not counted as part of the course load, but students must go through registration procedures and pay the normal registration fees. An instructor may impose whatever attendance requirements deemed necessary. The students must be informed of these requirements at the beginning of the semester. Failure to meet such attendance requirements subjects the students to being withdrawn from the course by the instructor. This will be accomplished by the instructor’s insertion of the mark W at the time of final grades. Faculty members have the discretion to determine conditions and requirements for the audit.