Other Faculty Personnel Actions | Journalism and Mass Communication Faculty Handbook | Kent State University

Other Faculty Personnel Actions

  1. Appointment and Employment Procedure and Regulations of the School of Journalism and Mass Communication

    Definitions

    In accordance with the definition in the University Policy Register, the sum of a faculty member’s “teaching, research, and/or administrative responsibilities and assignments constitutes full-time employment (one hundred percent full-time employment) at Kent State University.” JMC faculty include employees who are either tenure-track (those both tenured and probationary) or full time non-tenure track at the Kent and regional campuses.

    Graduate student appointees who are assigned responsibility for sections of structured courses are considered members of the instructional staff for the period they have such classroom or laboratory responsibilities.

  2. Faculty Additions and Replacements

    Should a faculty position become available, after approval of the Dean and Provost, the Director will convene a search committee from among the full-time faculty members, though members may also come from other schools, departments and the student body. This committee will institute a formal search, in line with University, College, Equal Opportunity Commission and Affirmative Action regulations.

    When any candidate is interviewed on campus, all faculty members shall have the opportunity to meet with the candidate and express their confidential observations and recommendations, either written or oral, to the Director. The Director will consider these observations and recommendations, and, after formal consultation with the search committee and the FAC, nominate a candidate to the Dean.

  3. Letters of Appointment

    Formal letters of appointment for both probationary tenure-track and full time non-tenure track faculty shall be formulated, stating terms and expectations for the individual faculty member in teaching, scholarly/creative activity and service, so that he or she may be positively considered for reappointment, tenure, and promotion. This is normally done at the time of hiring.

    The letters must be approved and agreed to by the Dean, the Director, and the faculty member and may be revised with the permission of the faculty member. Ultimate approval of letters of appointment is the responsibility of the Provost. In addition to the formal letters of appointment, the Director and the new faculty member, in consultation with an assigned mentor, may develop additional written expectations for specific teaching, scholarly/creative activity, and service in the initial year of work.

  4. Graduate Faculty Membership

    1. Graduate faculty membership shall be assigned to those faculty members with appropriate educational backgrounds, who have produced scholarly/creative activity of sufficient quality and consistency to merit professional recognition and who are effective in providing the appropriate training for graduate students (or have the potential for providing such training).

    “Appropriate educational background,” as it relates to the School of Journalism and Mass Communication, normally shall mean possession of the doctorate or terminal master’s degree. It also may mean possession of a non-terminal master’s degree with significant professional experience. Appropriate degrees vary within mass media-related disciplines and across the country, depending upon the emphases of the program and the academic/professional expertise of the faculty member.

    Scholarly/creative activity of sufficient quality to merit professional recognition as it relates to JMC should be interpreted through Tenure and Promotion criteria described in this section.

    Graduate Faculty Status for Kent Campus Faculty Members

    Graduate Faculty status for Kent Campus faculty members is obtained by preparing documentation (application and supporting data sheet) and submitting it to the Graduate Faculty Committee of the School for evaluation and recommendation to the Director, who in turn recommends to the College Dean and to the Associate Provost and Dean of Graduate Studies.

    2. The following statuses may be recommended for a graduate faculty member:

    a. Associate Member, Level 1 (A1): May teach graduate courses and serve on master’s thesis and project committees.

    b. Full Member, Level 1 (F1): May do the above and may direct projects and comprehensive exams at the master’s level. Before serving as a sole director of a project, the member must first co-direct two projects with a graduate faculty member eligible to be the sole director of a project. Before serving as a sole director of an exam, the member must first co-direct two exams with a graduate faculty member eligible to be the sole director of an exam.

    c. Full Member, Level 2 (F2): May do the above and may direct theses. Before serving as a sole director of a thesis, the member must first co-direct two theses with a graduate faculty member eligible to be the sole director of a thesis.

    d. Full Member, Level 3 (F3): May do the above and may serve on doctoral committees and co-direct doctoral dissertations.

    e. Full Member, Level 4 (F4): May do the above and may direct a doctoral dissertation.

     

    1. Criteria for Membership in the Graduate Faculty

      General criteria for membership is set forth in the University Policy Register (6-15.1).

      1. In JMC, a Full Member (Level F1) of the Graduate Faculty:

      a. Must possess a doctorate or other appropriate terminal degree and demonstrate the potential for substantial scholarly research or creative activity, or

      b. Must possess a master’s degree and significant professional experience and a record of substantial and sustained professional publication or creative activity, or

      c. Must possess a bachelor’s degree, along with significant and prominent professional experience in his or her field and an outstanding record of professional publication or creative activity.

      2. A Full Member (Level F2) of the Graduate Faculty:

      a. Must hold a doctorate or equivalent terminal degree appropriate to the faculty member’s teaching and research discipline, and must demonstrate a substantial and sustained record of appropriate scholarly research or creative activity, or

      b. Must hold a master’s degree for which a thesis was written, along with significant professional experience in his or her field, and must demonstrate a substantial and sustained record of appropriate scholarly research or creative activity.

      3. A Full Member (Level F3) of the Graduate Faculty:

      a. Must meet all criteria for Level F2, and

      b. Must demonstrate a significant record of graduate teaching, advising, and research direction, including experience in directing or co-directing graduate-student research, and

      c. Must have demonstrated significant scholarly or creative activity in the past five years, and

      d. Must demonstrate a significant record of professional involvement.

      4. A Full Member (Level F4) of the Graduate Faculty:

      a. Must meet all criteria for Level F3, and

      b. Must demonstrate a significant record of research direction, including experience in directing or co-directing graduate student research, and

      c. Must demonstrate a current and continuing record of scholarly or creative activity, and

      d. Must demonstrate a continuous record of significant professional involvement.

      5. An Associate Member of the Graduate Faculty:

      a. Must possess a doctorate or other appropriate terminal degree and demonstrate the potential for substantial scholarly research or creative activity, or

      b. Must possess a master’s degree and significant professional experience, and demonstrate the potential for substantial scholarly or professional research or creative activity, or

      c. Must possess a bachelor’s degree plus significant and prominent professional experience and must demonstrate the potential for outstanding professional publication or creative activity.

      6. Temporary Graduate Faculty Member: This status shall be assigned to a faculty member whose participation in the graduate program is desired by the graduate department for a limited period or for a limited objective. Normally, this status should be assigned to lead to the appropriate instruction of a graduate course for a semester or appropriate service on a graduate examination committee, a thesis committee, or a dissertation committee. Upon the completion of the temporary assignment, the status of Temporary Graduate Faculty Member is withdrawn.

  5. Summer Teaching

    While summer teaching is not included as part of regular 9-month faculty contracts and appointments, faculty wishing to teach during the summer will be given the opportunity to do so, primarily on the basis of program need and secondarily on the basis of available financial resources. Generally, all faculty members shall be consulted by the Director and/or sequence coordinators concerning their desire to teach during the summer. The Director follows the guidelines and procedures for summer employment set forth in Article IX, Section 4 of the TT CBA and Article IX, Section 2 of the FTNTT CBA.

  6. Evaluation of Teaching

    Formal student evaluations, using KSU-mandated evaluation questions, plus additional questions devised by the School, are conducted for each course taught during regular academic semesters by full- and part-time faculty. Results of the evaluations are made available to the individual faculty member, along with the average score for courses in the appropriate norming group. Evaluations are public records.

  7. Leaves

    1. Travel:

    Faculty are encouraged to attend professional and academic meetings and conferences for professional enrichment. Attendance at such meetings is considered an authorized absence, provided that appropriate arrangements have been made for class coverage. The required forms for this type of leave are available from the Director. The form must be completed and approved before the faculty member’s leave.

    2. Leaves of Absence:

    Leaves of absence, including sick leave, shall follow College and University regulations as stated in the University Policy Register 6-11 and must be approved by the Dean. Appropriate documentation must be completed by all concerned parties.

    3. Professional Improvement Leave for Tenure-Track Faculty:

    Faculty professional improvement leave may be available to all those who qualify, in accordance with regulations and provisions in the University Policy Register 6-12 and 6-12.101. Faculty members requesting a faculty professional improvement leave must submit a proposal to the FAC and the Director for review, after which it is reviewed by the College Advisory Committee, the Dean and other appropriate University officials and committees. Final approval comes from the Provost and is subject to available funding.

    4. Professional Development Leave for FTNTT Faculty

    Full time non-tenure track faculty may apply for leaves of absence for professional development according to the provisions of the FTNTT CBA, Article XVI, Section 2.

  8. Faculty Grievance and Appeals

    A. University Procedures

    Kent State University maintains a formal grievance and appeals procedures established by the TT CBA (Article VII) and the FTNTT CBA (Article VII).

    B. School Procedures for Informal Resolution

    The faculty and the Director are encouraged to maintain open communication to the extent that formal University grievance and appeals procedures will normally not be required. To this end, the following procedure is recommended for the internal arbitration of a faculty grievance, should it be necessitated:

    Step 1: The grieving faculty member shall meet with his/her sequence coordinator, and a reasonable effort shall be made to resolve the grievance.

    Step 2: If the grievance is not resolved in Step One, the faculty member may elect to bring his/her grievance before the FAC, which shall make an advisory recommendation to the Director.

    Step 3: If the grievance is not resolved in Step Two, the faculty member shall meet with the Director who will make a final effort to resolve the grievance at the School level.

    Should the issue remain unresolved at the School level, the Director’s Office will notify the Dean regarding the unresolved grievance and the results of the informal actions that have occurred in Steps One through Three.

    In regard to the above procedure, it is important to note the following from the University Grievance and Appeals Procedure: “Any settlement, withdrawal, or other disposition of a grievance at the informal stage shall not constitute a binding precedent in the settlement of similar complaints or grievances.”