Recommendation Concerning Faculty Service Obligations in the Event of Campus Disruption

Recommendation Concerning Faculty Service Obligations in the Event of Campus Disruption

  1. The Ad Hoc Academic Continuity Planning Group has considered the impact on faculty members’ continued participation in department, campus, college, university and professional service obligations during the disruption caused by COVID-19. With a focus on issues critical to the continued academic progress of our students and the success of our faculty, the group is especially concerned about the challenges that faculty members may face in carrying out their service responsibilities as members of the Kent State University faculty and members of their academic disciplines during this time.
  2. Given the foregoing, the Ad Hoc Academic Continuity Planning Group recommends the following concerning faculty members’ continued participation in their service responsibilities to the university and the profession:
    1. Academic units, campuses, colleges, and university-level governance bodies and committees should be mindful of reasonableness, flexibility and equity in the continuation and assignment of faculty service responsibilities during this period.
    2. Academic administrators, faculty governance bodies and other committees should assess and prioritize their essential work with a focus on student success and maintaining personnel and other processes on which the university depends (e.g., some work may continue as planned; some work may be modified or slowed; some work may be temporarily suspended).
    3. Faculty are encouraged to continue to participate in their service responsibilities via appropriate virtual environments provided by the department/school, campus, college and university, to the extent possible.
  3. Given the unique challenges created by the COVID-19 disruption, the Ad Hoc Academic Continuity Planning Group recommends a holistic approach to the evaluation of faculty in the performance of their service responsibilities to both the university and their disciplines which acknowledges the challenges and the successes of each faculty member’s role in these activities.