Structure and Organization of the Department

  1. Administrative and Service Positions

    1. School Director

      The School Director of Theatre and Dance (hereinafter “Director”) is the chief administrative officer of the School and reports directly to and is accountable to the Dean of the College of the Arts (hereinafter “Dean”). The Director is responsible for recording, maintaining, and implementing the policies and procedures stated in this Handbook through regular and thorough consultation with the School faculty and committees. The Director's duties and responsibilities shall include but are not limited to the following:

      1. Ensure School compliance with University, Administrative and Operational Policies, rules, regulations and any applicable Collective Bargaining Agreement.
      2. Develop and carry out administrative and educational policies in the School in consultation with the School faculty.
      3. Develop the School’s budget.
      4. Recommend new staff and faculty appointments to the Dean in consultation with the faculty.
      5. Recommend the reappointment, non-reappointment, tenure, promotion, sanction and/or dismissal of faculty members in the School.
      6. Appoint and direct the nonacademic staff of the School.
      7. Serve as Producing Director of all School and Porthouse Theatre productions.
      8. Recommend leaves of absence for faculty members in the School, including but not limited to Professional Improvement Leaves and other academic leaves and/or non-academic leaves, including but not limited to leaves of absence without pay, sick leave, temporary disability leaves, court leaves and/or military leaves of absence.
      9. Notify the Dean of the absence or resignation of a faculty member.
      10. Implement course changes through the appropriate committees.
      11. Assign workload to faculty members in consultation with the faculty.
      12. Schedule classes and rooms through the appropriate University offices.
      13. Oversee the preparation of reports to University officials, as required and appropriate.
      14. Maintain custody of University property allocated to the School.
      15. Supervise the academic counseling of student majors in the School.
      16. Communicate and work with the appropriate College and University staff on fund-raising and advancement initiatives to benefit the School of Theatre and Dance.
      17. Promote positive communication and morale within the School.
      18. Represent the School and communicate the views of its faculty in College and University affairs.
      19. Keep the School informed of the views and policies of the College and University administrations.
      20. Maintain appropriate balance and emphasis among the various disciplines of the School.
      21. Perform other tasks and duties as assigned, all of which cannot be cataloged and may include but not be limited to: following the progress of graduates; maintaining relationships with the Regional Campuses; providing orientation to new faculty; developing brochures of course syllabi.

      The Director is an ex-officio, non-voting member of all School committees, and may make appointments as necessary and permitted to School committees and to the various administrative and service positions in the School.

      The selection, review, and reappointment of the Director are the responsibilities of the Dean, who consults with the School faculty on such matters. Procedures for the selection, review and reappointment of the Director are included in the applicable Collective Bargaining Agreement.

    2. Graduate Coordinator

      The Graduate Coordinator is appointed by the Director after consultation with the Graduate Studies Committee (hereinafter “GSC”) and the Graduate Faculty. The appointment is for a three (3) year term and is renewable. The Graduate Coordinator must be a full member of the Graduate Faculty holding the rank of Associate Professor or Professor. The Graduate Coordinator chairs the GSC and oversees the operation and development of the School's graduate programs. The Graduate Coordinator serves as the School liaison to the Graduate Studies. The duties of the Graduate Coordinator shall include but are not limited to:

      1. Oversee and coordinate admissions into the School's graduate programs.
      2. Facilitate, with the advice of the GSC, the awarding of graduate assistantships and teaching fellowships.
      3. Serve as School liaison to the College of the Arts, the Graduate College Council and the Graduate Studies.
      4. Conduct performance evaluations of graduate student teaching.
      5. Implement the current policies of the School's graduate programs and the current policies of the College of the Arts.
      6. Maintain and process graduate student records and inform students of their standing and progress toward degrees.
      7. Conduct reviews and make recommendations on Graduate Faculty status in consultation with the GSC.
      8. Facilitate changes and improvements in graduate curricula, requirements, and programs.
      9. Chair meetings of the GSC.
      10. Serve as advisor for the School's Graduate Student Forum.
      11. Approve individual investigations and special topics courses at the graduate level.
    3. Dance Division Coordinator

      The Dance Division Coordinator for the School is appointed by the School Director in consultation with the graduate faculty, the FAC, and the College Dean. Any regular full-time, tenured Dance Division faculty member shall be eligible for this appointment. The appointment is for a three-year term and is renewable. The functions of the Dance Coordinator are established by the School Director and include, but are not limited to, the following tasks:

      1. Oversee and coordinate recruitment and admissions into the School's dance division.

      2. Convene meetings of the dance faculty.

      3. Represent dance faculty at school meetings

      4. Schedule dance courses.

      5. Initiate and coordinate changes and improvements in dance curricula, requirements, and programs.

      6. Maintain dance student records and advise dance students

      7. Recommend Dance division teaching and non-teaching assignments to the School Director.

      8. Recommend production responsibilities for all activities pertaining to dance productions, including but not limited to the Faculty Dance Concert, Kent Dance Ensemble, Student Dance Concert, and BFA Senior projects.

      9. Perform other duties as assigned.

    4. Additional Administrative Appointments

      Appointments to other administrative positions are made by the Director in consultation with the FAC. Appointments will be dependent upon the specific requirements of the position and an individual’s qualifications for the position.

    5. Non-Academic Staff

      The School's non-academic staff includes all classified and unclassified staff positions within the School including but not limited to the Administrative Assistant and secretarial staff. Each position has specific duties as defined in the applicable position description.