School Committees | School of Theatre and Dance Faculty Handbook | Kent State University

School Committees

All School 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 FAC. The Director will welcome requests from faculty members for positions on the School’s various committees. 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 (FAC)

    The FAC is structured and operates in compliance with the applicable Collective Bargaining Agreement. The FAC is elected directly by the full-time faculty of the School. The FAC shall consist of nine members as follows:

    • TWO (2) representatives from tenure track dance faculty on the Kent campus.
    • TWO (2) representatives from tenure track theatre faculty in the acting area on the Kent campus.
    • TWO (2) representatives from tenure track theatre faculty in the design/technology area on the Kent campus. 
    • ONE (1) representative from tenure track theatre faculty in the area of theatre history/criticism on the Kent campus.
    • ONE (1) representative from non-tenure track full-time theatre and dance faculty on the Kent campus.
    • ONE (1) representative from tenure track or full-time non-tenure track regional campus theatre faculty on the regional campus.

    Tenure-track faculty members shall constitute a majority of the members of the FAC.

    The FAC elects one tenured member to act as the School representative to the College Advisory Committee (hereinafter “CAC”).

    FAC terms are for one (1) year. Elections are conducted in the Spring Semester and the FAC members assume office at the beginning of the Fall Semester. 

    The FAC is convened and chaired at least once per term by the Director who, in consultation with the FAC, sets the agenda for its meetings. FAC members may request that items be added to the agenda. Additional meetings of the FAC may be called by the Director, as needed, or upon a request by at least one-half of the members of the FAC. The FAC elects one (1) tenured member to act as the School representative to the College Advisory Committee (hereinafter “CAC”). 

  2. The Graduate Studies Committee (GSC)

    The GSC includes the following faculty members:

    1. All full-time faculty having graduate faculty status in the School.
    2. The Graduate Coordinator, who serves as the GSC Chair.
    3. One graduate student elected by the School’s Graduate Student Forum.

    The GSC and the Graduate Coordinator provide oversight and development of the School’s graduate program. The GSC is responsible for evaluating applications for admission and evaluating and recommending candidates for graduate appointments. The GSC is also responsible for monitoring the progress and academic performance of graduate students in the School. The GSC reviews proposals for new graduate courses, changes in course content and related curricular matters, and conducts periodic reviews of the School’s graduate program as a whole. 

  3. The Curriculum Committee (CC)

    The CC includes the following faculty members:

    1. Committee Chair and Faculty members appointed by the School Director.
    2. One (1) undergraduate student representative appointed by the UGCC.

    The CC provides oversight and development of the School’s undergraduate program. The UGCC makes recommendations on any and all matters that affect the undergraduate program of the School including but not limited to faculty proposals for new courses, changes in course content, major requirements, and other curricular matters. The CC reviews and decides student appeals regarding course substitution. The CC shall elect one (1) member with full graduate faculty status to serve on the College Curriculum Committee.

  4. Student Academic Complaint Committee

    The Student Academic Complaint Committee is composed of faculty members appointed by the School Director.  The School Director appoints the Chair of the Student Academic Complaint Committee. The policies and procedures of this committee are governed by University Policy 3342-4-02.3, including but not limited to the addition of at least one (1) student representative to the committee. 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. 

    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 FAC will select a replacement from the full-time tenured and tenure-track faculty.

  5. Reappointment, Tenure, and Promotion Committee

    The policies and procedures which govern the School’s 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 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. The Ad Hoc Reappointment, Tenure and Promotion Committee is composed by all tenured members of FAC and all full professors in the School of Theatre and Dance.

  6. 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 FAC. The Director will welcome requests and preferences from the faculty before establishing and making appointments to ad hoc committees.

  7. Other Standing Areas and Committees of the School

    • Dance Division Area Faculty
    • Performance Area Faculty
    • Design/Tech/ Production Area Faculty
    • History/Literature/Criticism Area Faculty
    • Student Production
    • Production Committee
    • Season Selection Committee