School Committees | The School of Visual Communication Design 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 is 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 as described in the applicable Collective Bargaining Agreement. The FAC is a committee composed of all full-time faculty of the School who hold tenured or tenure-track appointments.

    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) member to act as the School representative to the College Advisory Committee (hereinafter "CAC").

  2. The Graduate Faculty Committee (GFC)

    The Graduate Faculty Committee consists of all faculty members holding full graduate status in the School of Visual Communication Design. The function of the Graduate Faculty Committee is to recommend graduate status for eligible faculty to the Director of the School and the Associate Dean of Graduate Studies for the College.

    The Graduate Faculty Committee shall accept and review credentials of candidates for membership and upon review shall recommend graduate faculty status to the Director of the School of Visual Communication Design by a simple majority vote. Abstentions shall not be permitted. The Director shall recommend candidates for graduate faculty status to the Associate Dean for Graduate Studies for the College. A negative recommendation by the Graduate Faculty Committee or the Director of the School shall include justifications, which shall be made available to the candidate. The candidate may appeal the Committee's recommendations to the Director, and/or the Director's recommendation to the Associate Dean for Graduate Studies.

  3. The Graduate Studies Committee (GSC)

    The Graduate Studies Committee shall include at least one (1) Graduate Faculty member elected from each graduate degree program in the School. The Graduate Coordinator shall serve as the Committee Chairperson.

    The function of the Graduate Studies Committee is to periodically review the graduate programs and recommend curricular changes to the FAC and the Director of the School of Visual Communication Design. The duties of the GSC are as follows:

    • Provide oversight and development of the School's graduate program;
    • Monitor the progress and academic performance of graduate students in the School;
    • Propose new graduate courses, changes in course content and related curricular matters, and conducts periodic reviews of the School's graduate program as a whole;
    • Review all graduate student applications and recommend to the Director acceptance or non-acceptance, and
    • Recommend the assignment of graduate assistantships. At the first meeting of the Graduate Faculty Committee, a Chairperson shall be elected by a majority of voting members.
  4. The Undergraduate Curriculum Committee (UCC)

    The Undergraduate Curriculum Committee shall include faculty members elected by and from the School faculty. The Associate Director shall serve as the Committee Chairperson.

    The UCC assists the Associate Director in supervising and coordinating the School's undergraduate program. The UCC makes recommendations on any and all matters which 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 including the development of new programs. The UCC reviews and decides student appeals regarding course substitution.

    The UCC shall elect one (l) member with to serve on the College Curriculum Committee.

  5. Student Academic Complaint Committee

    The Student Academic Complaint Committee is an ad hoc committee composed of faculty members appointed by the FAC. Members of the Student Academic Complaint Committee will elect a chairperson from its group. 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.

  6. Ad Hoc Reappointment, Tenure, and Promotion Committees (RTP)

    The Ad Hoc RTP Committees are composed of all tenured faculty members at or above the rank of the faculty member under consideration. The policies and procedures that govern the School's Reappointment, Tenure and Promotion (hereinafter “RTP”) Committees are included in University Policy. The Office of the Provost provides procedural and operational guidelines for these committees annually. These committees review 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.

  7. 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 director, 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.