The Chairperson is the administrative officer of the Department and, thus, is directly accountable to the Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. The Chairperson is charged with bringing the vision of the department and its faculty forward, through support of effective implementation of policy and programming. The Chairperson is responsible for assuring the recording, maintaining and implementing the department’s aims and objectives and the policies and procedures contained in the department Handbook. He or she is also responsible for insuring that such policies, objectives and procedures are in conformity with the University Policy Register and the Collective Bargaining Agreements. The Chairperson shall be an ex-officio non-voting member of the Faculty Advisory Committee (FAC), and as such shall be charged with the responsibility and authority to represent the Department in Collegial and University matters. The Chairperson is also expected to be cognizant of and receptive to the advice of the available Department faculty before making decisions and/or recommendations to a higher academic officer.
Duties and Responsibilities
- Teaches no fewer than six semester credit hours per academic year and no more than nine per academic year. Supervises the Internship Program (African American Affairs Practicum). Coordinates all Individual Investigation faculty assignments;
- Works closely with the Directors of the Institute for African American Affairs, the Center of Pan-African Culture, Communication Skills and Arts to assure a full scope of holistic academic and cultural programming. The chair also oversees the staffing and financing of conducted faculty research and the development of the overall program:
- Enforces University regulations;
- Encourages and supports faculty in pursuing their and pedagogical goals;
- With appropriate consultation, develops and carries out administrative and educational policies in the Department;
- Recommends new staff appointments to the Dean and recommends the promotion and/or tenure of members of the Department who are eligible and qualified;
- Recommends, with documentation, the severance of individuals deemed not worthy of permanent appointment;
- Hires and directs the non-academic staff of the Department;
- Recommends leaves of absence;
- Supplies prompt notification to the offices of the Dean of faculty absenteeism or faculty and staff resignations;
- Recommends course changes proposed by DPAS/FAC’s curriculum committee or through the appropriate Dean (or Deans, if more than one college is involved);
- Distributes teaching assignments, schedules class hours and rooms, and prepares and submits reports to appropriate University officials;
- Maintains custody of University property charged to the Department;
- Maintains effective work relationships with PAS faculty assigned to any of the Regional Campuses;
- Notifies the President, Provost and /or Dean of needs of the Department for which gifts or bequests should be sought or are being sought;
- Performs other tasks, or supervises their implementation, such as monitoring student progress, interdepartmental and inter-college relations, public relations efforts and planning, and oversees course management and development. All of these must be catalogued, such as noting the progress of graduates, maintaining relationships with other University departments, colleges and agencies, inducting new faculty, developing brochures, overseeing course syllabi, etc.
On an annual basis, during spring semester, the FAC will recommend to the Department Chairperson a full-time tenured faculty member who will serve as Assistant Chairperson for 9 or12 months. This person teaches no fewer than 18 semester credit hours per academic year unless under dire and/or extenuating circumstances. His or her duties include, but may not be limited to, the coordination, development and maintenance of records of majors; implementation of curricular policies; and course modifications and substitutions recommended by the Curriculum Committee. This individual assists the Chair in implementing and monitoring the minor programs, coordination of the undergraduate program overall, and the DPAS presence at all campuses of Kent State. This person assists in reviewing requests from faculty, and monitoring output and productivity of the various centers and institutes in the Department. The Assistant Chair will support the Chairperson in the collection of data for required reports and proposals for grants. In the Chairperson’s absence, the Assistant to the Chairperson becomes the Acting Chairperson.
The IAAA Director, which is a 9-month faculty position that includes teaching responsibilities, makes decisions in consultation with the faculty and Chair of the Department with regard to research, educational methodologies, curricular materials, university and community service, as well as pedagogical and cultural needs of students. The Director serves as a liaison with other educational bodies both at Kent State and beyond, and oversees publication of The African American Monograph Series and KITABU, the IAAA newsletter. The Director also oversees management of the Henry Dumas Memorial Library, which houses materials related to the Pan-African experience. The Director teaches no more than 18 semester hours per academic year unless there are dire and/or extenuating circumstances or permission from the Dean.
The CPAC Director, which is a 9-month faculty position that includes teaching responsibilities, manages the Center’s facilities and is responsible for planning, coordinating and directing activities, which provide students and the Pan-African community at large with opportunities to develop projects, performances and exhibits promoting cultural and arts awareness. The Director identifies artists and other public figures to be invited to Departmental colloquia, guest lectures, the annual Pan-African Festival and other events. He or she also negotiates fees for such artists and public figures, handles all arrangements for their appearance on campus, provides promotional materials and publishes a calendar of events. The Director works in cooperation with the Curator of the Gallery for exhibitions and with the IAAA Director for the scheduling of speakers on scholarly topics. The Department provides the Director with a graduate assistant. The Director teaches no more than 18 semester credit hours per academic year unless under dire and/or extenuating circumstances or permission from the Dean.
In conjunction with the CPAC Director, the Curator is responsible for the management of the Gallery, its exhibits and its permanent collections. The Curator teaches no more than 21 semester credit hours per academic year unless under dire/and/or extenuating circumstances. The Curator assists in fundraising for exhibition costs and coordinates with the CPAC Director in the selection of artists, publicity and calendar for exhibits.
This is a 9-month faculty position within the Department of Pan-African Studies. The Director should have a thorough understanding of linguistic and/or grammatical principles, as he or she oversees programs relating to communication skills and arts. A permanent member of the English Department’s Writing Program Committee, the Director is responsible for the selection and supervision of all faculty members who teach in the Department’s College Writing Program and those who work in the Department’s Help Center/Computer Lab. Working in consultation with the faculty, the Director determines the direction and content of the PAS College Writing classes. He or she also oversees student publications. The Director teaches no more than 18 semester credit hours per academic year unless under dire and/or extenuating circumstances..
This is a 9-month faculty position within the Department of Pan-African Studies. The Director works directly with the Department Chair and in partnership with the CPAC Director in planning and executing theatrical activities that provide students and the local community opportunities to learn about the Pan-African theatre heritage. Such activities include audience development as well as the promotion of student and community participation in productions, workshops and lectures. The Director is responsible for directing two dramatic productions per academic year (one per semester) and for the general development of the ACT program. He or she is also responsible for promotional materials for all ACT productions and events, and for keeping an inventory of all theatre properties and equipment. In addition, the Director maintains an accurate account of expenditures, income and attendance at events. The Director teaches no more than 12 semester credit hours per academic year unless under dire and/or extenuating circumstances or permission from the Dean.
Structure and Organization
The Department is organized in keeping with official policies governing the conduct and administration of the University and the College of Arts and Sciences. The Department consists of its Chairperson, its administrative support staff and its regular full-time faculty, as well as adjunct, part-time and emeritus faculty (see Appendix A).
The Department’s staff is organized into several categories: Department administration, Division administration, Special Programs coordination, faculty, graduate assistants and student employees. It should be noted that, except for the Chairperson, Divisional and Special Program administrators have as their primary responsibility classroom instruction. The number of full-time staff is small so the comprehensive nature of the department’s work dictates a combination of service functions. The teaching function, therefore, is fundamental and maintains primacy.
Position descriptions for individuals in each of the aforementioned categories follow:
The Department’s Faculty Advisory Committee is comprised of all full-time tenured or tenure-track (TT) faculty and one representative of the full-time non-tenure-track (NTT) faculty members to be selected by those faculty members, plus the Department Chairperson. The Chair of FAC normally shall determine those agenda items or, in certain instances, meetings which may be inappropriate for attendance by committee members who are not full-time TT faculty. In all cases, NTT faculty shall neither be present for discussions of nor vote on personnel issues concerning TT faculty. A representative (or representatives in such number as established by the College Handbook) to the College Advisory Committee (CAC) shall be elected bi-annually from the full-time tenured and tenure-track faculty. In order for this position to rotate among eligible FAC members, this person should serve for two consecutive years, subject to possible reappointment. The Chairperson of the Faculty Advisory Committee shall be a tenured full-time faculty member. All FAC Committee meetings should be held separately from the general departmental meetings.
The entire regular full-time faculty of the Department, acting on its own behalf and/or through the Faculty Advisory Committee, is the primary advisory and recommendatory body to the Departmental Chairperson on those matters central to the Department’s mission, which include but are not necessarily limited to the following:
college-level issues including reappointment, tenure, promotion and dismissal; allocation or re-allocation of faculty positions and academic staff positions within the Department; the proposed addition, elimination or restructuring of academic units within the Department; general guidelines regarding allocation of faculty salary increases from the Dean's salary increase pool, as well as other salary adjustments when and if applicable; planning and budget priorities, including allocation of discretionary resources; selection of faculty members for college committees; professional improvement and other leaves, if and as appropriate; procedures for the establishment, review and appropriate revision of the Department Handbook; college-level issues related to the advising and retention of students; insuring that students are properly advised; insuring that instructional standards are followed; and insuring that class and other duties of faculty members are met. It is expected that the Departmental faculty will also participate in the activities of a variety of other standing and/or ad hoc committees. Enforcements and sanctions of this policy are spelled out in the CBA document.
The Department Chairperson presides over this Sub-Committee of the Faculty Advisory Committee which is composed exclusively of members of the tenured faculty. Owing to the small size of the Department, this committee has been constituted as the Committee of the Whole, i.e., all tenured full-time members of the Department.
All recommendations concerning reappointment, tenure and promotion are initiated in the Sub-Committee. No member of this Sub-Committee shall be present when the Sub-Committee deliberates or votes on his or her own tenure or promotion, nor shall a member of the Sub-Committee of a lower rank deliberate or vote on the tenure or promotion of a faculty member in a higher rank or of a spouse or relative.
This Sub-Committee requires the participation of at least four tenured faculty other than the Chair. Whenever PAS cannot meet these requirements with PAS faculty, the PAS Chair, in consultation with the Dean, shall invite the necessary number of faculty from other departments, whose teaching specialties and prior involvements are in accordance with the teaching/research area of the faculty member being reviewed, to sit on this Sub-Committee.
The Curriculum Committee shall be composed of all full-time TT and full-time NTT faculty who elect its chair. Upon vote of the faculty, a number of graduate assistants and Department’s majors and minors may be selected to become members of this Committee. The Faculty Advisory Committee will appoint one member of the Curriculum Committee as the PAS Department’s representative to the College of Arts and Sciences Curriculum Committee. In order for this position to rotate, this person cannot serve for more than two consecutive years in the position.
The Curriculum Committee is the primary advisory and recommendatory body to the Departmental Chairperson on those academic matters which are central to the Department’s mission. These matters include but are not necessarily limited to the following:
- long-range academic planning for the Department; overall curricular planning and policies;
- minimizing proliferation and duplication of courses;
- sequencing of course offerings; maximizing course variety through Special Topics and workshop offerings;
- coordination of curricular changes;
- reviewing for approval proposed new courses or altered academic programs within the Department;
- recommending to the Chairperson action on all matters involving the Department’s curriculum and educational objectives as reflected by the curriculum.
This Committee also serves as the Student Grievance Committee (see Section VII, B).
In order to assure the holistic coordination and continuity of Department programs, the Program Continuity Committee meets weekly and is composed of the Assistant to the Chairperson, the Directors of the Center of Pan-African Culture, Institute for African American Affairs, the African Community Theatre and Communication Skills and Arts This group submits updates weekly outlining each division’s planned activities for the week or month and where each or selected DPAS divisions can collaborate in the holistic planning and delivery of activities
The PAS Honors and Awards Sub-Committee, selected annually from the faculty, staff and students by the Chairperson of the Curriculum Committee, shall consist of a Chair and two or three other members. It shall be the responsibility of this Committee to compile during Spring Semester a list of eligible candidates to receive any of the four department awards based on established criteria: GPA, class standing, performance in PAS courses and significance of contribution in the respective award categories. Induction into Alpha Kappa Mu, a National Scholastic Honor Society, is based on criteria established by the National Office and the selection process is determined by the advisor and the chapter president. Awards include
- Alpha Kappa Mu National Scholastic Honor Society
- The Mary McLeod Bethune Award for Scholarship
- The Fela Sowande Award for Creativity
- The W. E. B. DuBois Award for Service
- The Hulda Smith-Graham Freshman Award
The Sub-Committee supervises the preparation of the appropriate documents as well as the award certificates to be presented.
The DPAS Honors and Awards Sub-Committee completes the arrangements necessary for presenting awards to recipients of the Hulda Smith-Graham Freshman Award and the initiates in Alpha Kappa Mu. Each year a special Alpha Kappa Mu initiation ceremony and Hulda Smith-Graham Award presentation is held in cooperation with Black United Students’ Ebony Achievement Awards Ceremony. (See also Section VII, L, 1.)
The Black Experience Committee is the primary advisory and recommendatory body to the Departmental Chairperson on matters dealing with the Black Experience courses. This Committee works very closely with the Curriculum Committee in making long- range academic decisions for the Black Experience courses, including selection of texts and other matters related to these courses. Members of this committee will be chosen from both tenured (tenure-track) and non-tenure track faculty who teach the Black Experience courses. The chair will be a tenured or tenure-track faculty member and should not serve for more than two consecutive years in the position.
The Handbook Oversight Committee is the primary advisory and recommendatory body to the Departmental Chairperson on matters dealing with the interpretation and implementation of the content of the Handbook. Members of this committee will make sure that the content and intent are adhered to. Members of this committee will be chosen from tenured, tenure-track and non-tenure track faculty, any of whom may be selected chair.
This committee provides the settings for the development and support of a community of learners who are working to create a Pan-African future for all people of African descent.
The IAAA was established in 1969 as a result of protests by Black United Students (BUS). This committee assumes responsibility for assisting collaborative research and program development and implementation, as well as establishing programmatic relationships with various bodies in and surrounding Kent State University. The IAAA also publishes Kitabu and The African American Affairs Monograph Series, which reports the results of IAAA and related research.
Recognizing that the cultural contributions of blacks have been too long ignored in our society, CPAC, created in 1970, promotes the cultural traditions of Pan-African peoples. It provides opportunities and facilities for the exposition of art forms—painting, sculpture, oral and written literature, poetry, music, dance, theatre—as well as other cultural modes of expression that define people of African descent. Its mission is to complement the academic activities of the Department and to provide a living manifestation of the past and present cultural lives of people in the Pan-African world.
CSA came into existence in 1971 as a joint effort of the Department of Pan-African Studies and the Department of English. Its purpose is to maintain the PAS College Writing program in order to effectively fulfill specific instructional needs of a predominantly African American constituency. The content of the CSA courses is intended to teach critical thinking and impart the writing skills necessary for academic success, while addressing specific issues in the Pan-African experience. Since the traditional College Writing classes can not be expected to tailor their content to this experience, CSA seeks to help eliminate those linguistic as well as cultural barriers which black students may encounter at a predominantly white institution.
Pan-African Studies—Regional Campuses is an academic program offering an Associate of Arts Degree in Pan-African Studies. This major covers the spectrum of Pan-African Studies, i.e., the past, present and future of the Black experience. The Associate Degree with an emphasis in Pan-African Studies provides students with knowledge, personal enrichment and intellectual development to make them more aware of the multi-racial society we live in. It also provides them with the opportunity to share in the total resources that only a large, comprehensive university such as Kent State can offer. Specifically, the Associate Degree in Pan-African Studies integrates aspects of the humanities, the social sciences, research and community development. The Associate Degree of Arts with an emphasis in Pan-African Studies was carefully designed to follow the first two years of course requirements for a Baccalaureate Degree in Pan-African Studies.
ACT promotes exposure to and knowledge of the theatrical heritage of peoples of African descent and encourages the participation of students and area residents in the production of Pan-African theatre events. Black theatre came into existence with the advent of the IAAA (now the Department of Pan-African Studies) in 169-70 and the development of the Black Drama Workshop (1973) . In 1981, the workshop took a new direction and evolved into a major theatrical component of DPAS which is now referred to as the African Community Theatre. Nucleus groups are Mbari Mbayo Players who are supported by the offering of the African Theatre Arts and Black Dramatic Literature classes, workshops, and touring performances in schools, community centers, conferences, and professional theatres.
Student Support Services are designed to provide services to all students but especially to African and African American students (graduate and undergraduate) in order to assist them in meeting the day-to-day challenges they face at Kent State. Many services are directed primarily (though not exclusively) at freshmen, since the first year is often the most crucial in determining a student’s academic success. Services include recruitment and follow-up, orientation, academic and personal counseling, tutoring, advocacy, a textbook loan program, career development, placement assistance and financial advisement.
The Department of Pan-African Studies offers to its majors and minors, as well as students majoring in other areas, an Internship Program which provides the student with practical work experience in government, non-profit businesses or community service organizations.
This Internship Program is offered through the Department’s African American Affairs Practicum, and is available to junior and senior students who, while working as an intern, may earn 1-12 academic credit hours. Students are placed in various agencies which match their areas of interest. These placements are generally away from their home communities. Sometimes students may receive compensation for the internship, though this should not be expected.
The Internship Program is limited in its possibilities only by the imagination of the students and their DPAS and placement advisors. In addition to government and community-service internships offered locally, in the state of Ohio and in other states, there is the possibility for internships to be served in various African and Caribbean countries.
In order to gain the relevant skills, students are placed in positions at home and abroad which bring them into direct contact with African and African/American peoples who are working to build viable communities. A major raison d’être for the Internship Program is to help students develop COMMUNITY-BUILDING SKILLS and an ATTITUDE OF SELF-RELIANCE.
At the termination of the internship, the placement organization is required to submit to the chair a detailed performance evaluation based on variables related to the elements of the internship. Each intern will be directed to submit a self-evaluation that will among other things outline in detail the nature of the organization sponsoring her or his internship, the skills gained, the individuals he or she worked with, and the possibility for future employment in that agency or a similar agency after graduation. No internship will not be graded using the standard University grading system, except DPAS will no t confer “Inc” grades under any circumstance.
The Colloquia are designed to provide an opportunity for structured discussions of issues affecting the African community and its development, research in progress and results, literature reviews and other matters of academic and/or socio-cultural concern. Faculty, staff and students may request speakers and are encouraged to participate. The series of colloquia are to be organized and directed by the director of the Institute of African American Affairs.
The purpose of the Pan-African Festival, usually held in late April/early May, is to provide a week-long experience that can be shared by all on the Kent State University campus and in the surrounding communities. The Festival affirms our common heritage and determination to continue to educate ourselves. The Festival is planned and executed by the Center of Pan-African Culture, the Black United Students, campus organizations and community residents.
This is a departmental research library and reading room for faculty, staff, students and community. It was named after Henry Dumas, an African American poet and short-story writer. Henry Dumas (July 20, 1934-May 23, 1968) was a brilliant African American writer and poet. Dumas was born in Sweet Home, Arkansas in 1934 and he lived there until the age of ten, when he moved to New York City; however, he always kept with him the religious and folk traditions of his hometown. In Harlem, he attended public school and graduated from Commerce High School in 1953. After graduating, he enrolled in the Air Force and was stationed at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas where he met future wife, Loretta Ponton. The couple married in 1955 and had two sons, David in 1958 and Michael in 1962. Dumas was in the military until 1957, at which time he enrolled at Rutgers University but never attained a degree. In 1967, Dumas began work at Southern Illinois University’s Experiment in Higher Education in East St. Louis. At EHE, Dumas was a teacher and counselor. It was here that he met fellow teacher and poet, Eugene Redmond, forming a close collaborative relationship that would prove so integral to Dumas’ posthumous career.
The Photographic Studio and Lab is dedicated to James Van DerZee and is under the control of the Director of CPAC. African American James Augustus Joseph Van DerZee (born June 29, 1886, Lenox Mass., U.S.; died May 15, 1983, Washington, DC). He was an avid photographer of urban African American life. By 1906, he had moved with his family to Harlem in New York City. After a brief stint at a portrait studio in Newark, NJ, he returned to Harlem to se up his own studio. The portraits he took from 1918 to 1945 chronicled the Harlem Renaissance; among this many renowned subjects were Countee Cullen, Bill Robinson, and Marcus Garvey. After World War II, his fortunes declined until the Metropolitan Museum of Art exhibited his photographs in 1969.
The Department, through the IAAA, publishes its monthly newsletter KITABU which circulated nationally. The African American Affairs Monograph Series projected to become a referred scholarly journal, published each spring semester. Even though KITABU has an internal-use value, IAAA seeks to print articles and announcements of value to a general audience as well. The Department encourages faculty, staff and graduate and undergraduate students to submit articles, creative writings, reviews, etc. to either of these publications.
a. All faculty and staff should advise students to make full use of the personal computers in the DPAS Computer Lab. The University’s computer technicians can offer each student a manual outlining how to use the personal computers and Microsoft Word as well as other word processing applications and software. Those faculty and staff who need to upgrade their computer skills can also seek help from the University’s Help Desk (672-HELP).
AT THE START OF EVERY SEMESTER, THE CSA DIRECTOR WILL POST HOURS IN THE COMPUTER LAB DURING WHICH HE/SHE OR A CSA STAFF MEMBER WILL BE AVAILABLE TO TUTOR AND HELP STUDENTS WITH VARIOUS ASSIGNMENTS.
It is the policy of the Department of Pan-African Studies (1) to attempt to provide students with appropriate access to local, national, and international sources of information and (2) to provide access to information resources that will be used by members of its student community with respect for privacy and the public trust.
In accordance with this policy, the Department works to ensure that intellectual property and Department and University records are protected from unauthorized use or distribution.
All users of the computer lab’s resources should be mindful of the impact of their participation on the campus community, and should engage in only authorized use and should be abide by standards of good citizenship in general.
Users of DPAS Computer Lab are expected to use these resources in a responsible and efficient manner. Users are expected to refrain from engaging in illegal, unauthorized, inappropriate, for-profit, or deliberately illegal or wasteful practices as outlined in the Standard Practice Guide.
General Computer Lab Usage Rules
Computer lab users are expected to follow these basic rules:
- All Computer Lab users must check in and out (current Student ID/Lab Pass required). One Computer workstation per current student user is allowed.
- ABSOLUTELY NO Food or Drinks are allowed in the DPAS Computer Lab. (Anyone with food and/or drinks will be asked to dispose of them OR will be ushered out of the Computer Lab.)
- Games are not allowed in the Computer Lab (exceptions are simulations used by the instructors in his/her curriculum or games that come preloaded with the operating system).
- Downloading programs from the Internet onto the hard drive is not allowed.
- Loading programs from diskette or CD onto the hard drive is not allowed.
- Copying applications from the file servers or hard drive is not allowed.
- Saving of personal data on the hard drive is not allowed and will be deleted.
- Computers are not to be sued by students or faculty for commercial gain.
- Altering the software/hardware configuration on the machines will result in disciplinary action against the offender.
- All Computer Lab users must use respect of the lab facility and other users when printing, especially from the Internet. Don’t print unnecessary documents. Limit your printing to what is needed for your classes. Please, no multiple copies without prior approval of the Computer Lab supervisor.
- Computer Lab consultants are available to assist with basic computer problems.
- Absolutely NO CELL PHONE conversations in the Computer Labs.
- Keep your passwords to yourself. Change your password right away if you think someone else may know it.
- Do not save your work to the hard drive – use you Jump Drive or other storage device. (Unauthorized file and programs will be routinely removed.)
- Collaborative work and quiet conversations are allowed. (Please be considerate. Refrain from loud talking, laughter or music.)
- During high demand for computers, there will be no personal or recreational uses of equipment. (This ensures that students have an opportunity to access the computers for course work.)
Computer lab patrons are required to comply with the University and the Department of Pan-African Studies Computer Lab Rules of Conduct. Lab consultants have responsibility for enforcing these rules, and will notify lab users if they are in violation. Failure to comply with these rules may result in removal from the labs, loss of computing privileges, disciplinary review, or other disciplinary actions.
PLEASE NOTIFY THE LAB CONSULTANTS IF YOU FEEL THAT ANY OF THESE RULES ARE BEING VIOLATED.
Failure to Comply
If anyone refuses to comply with the established policies, that person will be asked to leave the building. If the individual refuses to leave the building, the police will be called and that person will be escorted out of the building.
- Academic Computing is not responsible for any lost, misplaced or stolen items.
- Academic Computing is not responsible for any lost or damaged disks, files, or data.
- Computers may crash so be sure to save your data often.
- Lab Attendants, Proctors, or Supervisors bear no responsibility for lost or damaged information if they attempt to remove a virus from your files or fix a damaged disk.
This suite of offices houses our primary student organizations who are members of the CPAC-Student Advisory Council. The purpose of the council is to foster a strong sense of unity, communication and programming among our student organizations and the Center of Pan-African Culture.