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Department Committees

All departmental committees are advisory and recommendatory to the Chair. The membership, structure, and function of some of the Department's committees are governed by University, Administrative and Operational Policies and the applicable Collective Bargaining Agreement.  The Chair may establish ad hoc committees in consultation with the FAC.  The Chair will welcome requests from faculty members for positions on the Department’s various committees.  The Chair, when making appointments to departmental committees, will be mindful of the diversity of disciplines within the Department 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 elected directly by the full-time Faculty of the Department, as defined in section III A. Definition of the Faculty above, except that NTT members are elected by the NTT faculty.

    FAC terms are for one year.  Elections (See, the departmental Operating Procedures Document for the procedures) are conducted in the Spring Semester, and the FAC members assume office at the beginning of the Fall Semester.  The FAC shall consist of 5 tenured or tenure-track faculty members from the Kent campus, 2 tenured or tenure-track faculty members from the Regional Campuses, and one NTT faculty member. The NTT faculty member shall have voting rights on matters pertaining to first year and developmental courses, and, at the discretion of the Chair, on other matters not expressly excluded by the Collective Bargaining Agreement.  Among the Kent campus members, there will be at least one representative from each of the ranks of Assistant Professor, Associate Professor, and Professor, and at least one representative from the sub-discipline of Applied Mathematics. If not elected, the Assistant Chair, Graduate Coordinator, and Undergraduate Coordinator are non-voting ex-officio members.

    The FAC is convened and chaired at least once per semester by the Chair 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 Chair, as needed, or upon a request by at least one-half of the members of the FAC.  The FAC elects one member to act as the department representative to the College Advisory Committee (hereinafter “CAC”).

    In order to facilitate faculty involvement in and awareness of departmental activities, the faculty must be notified of scheduled FAC meetings and topics at least one week in advance when possible. During this week, it is the duty of FAC members to solicit opinions of the faculty members they represent so that their opinion may be properly voiced at the FAC meeting.

  2. The Graduate Studies Committee (GSC)

    The GSC is composed of at least one Faculty member from each graduate degree program in the Department and one graduate student. Members are appointed by the Graduate Coordinator, with the approval of FAC, for a period of one year. The size of the committee is not fixed. The membership from the departmental sub-disciplines should be adequately balanced.

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

     Recommendations of the Graduate Studies Committee for major changes in graduate curriculum, policies, or degree requirements must be approved by the Graduate Faculty prior to forwarding to the Chair, whose recommendations go to the College.

  3. The Undergraduate Studies Committee (USC)

    The USC is composed of at least one Faculty member from each degree program in the Department, two Faculty members from the Regional Campuses, one NTT faculty member, and one undergraduate student. Members are appointed by the Undergraduate Coordinator, with the approval of FAC, for a period of one year. The size of the committee is not fixed. The membership from the departmental sub-disciplines should be adequately balanced.

    The USC assists the Undergraduate Coordinator in supervising and coordinating the Department’s undergraduate curricular programs.  The USC makes recommendations on any and all matters that affect the undergraduate academic programs of the Department, including, but not limited to, faculty proposals for new courses, changes in course content, major requirements, and other curricular matters.  The USC reviews and decides student appeals regarding course substitution. 

     The Undergraduate Coordinator shall normally serve on the College Curriculum Committee.  However, if the Undergraduate Coordinator does not have full Graduate Faculty status, the Chair, in consultation with FAC, shall appoint a member of the USC with full Graduate Faculty status as the Department’s representative to the College Curriculum Committee. 

    Recommendations of the Undergraduate Studies Committee for major changes in undergraduate curriculum, poli­cies, or degree requirements must be approved by the department Faculty prior to forwarding to the Chair, whose recommendations go to the College Curriculum Committee.

  4. Student Academic Complaint Committee

    The Student Academic Complaint Committee is composed of 3 faculty members, at least two of whom must be tenured or tenure-track faculty members, and at least one student appointed by the FAC. The FAC, or any other standing committee of the department determined by the FAC, with the addition of at least one student, may also function as the SACC. The Chair of the SACC is elected by the SACC at the beginning of each academic year. The policies and procedures of this committee are governed by University Policy 3342-4-02.3. The policy provides for only one SACC in each department.

    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.  If the Chair of the SACC is the subject of or may otherwise be involved with a student complaint, the Chair will appoint another member of the SACC to chair the committee, and the FAC will appoint an additional member to the committee from the full-time tenured and tenure-track faculty. 

  5. Reappointment, Tenure, and Promotion Committee

    The policies and procedures that govern the Department’s Ad Hoc RTPC are included in University Policy.  Procedural and operational guidelines for this committee are provided annually by the Office of the Provost.  The RTPC 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 Chair on each of these personnel decisions.  The recommendations of this committee and the Chair, together with the materials assembled for the committees, are forwarded to the appropriate Dean, as specified in University Policy. 

  6. Other Departmental Committees

    The Chair may establish, charge, and appoint the membership of additional departmental standing or ad hoc committees as needed by the Department.  In establishing departmental committees, naming members and designating a committee chair, the Chair shall consult with the FAC.  The Chair will welcome requests and preferences from the faculty before establishing and making appointments to departmental committees. See the departmental Operating Procedures Document for specific information about the Systems Committee, the Library Committee, and the Colloquium Committee.