Departmental Committees | Psychology Faculty Handbook | Kent State University

Departmental Committees

All Department committees are advisory to the Chair.  To accomplish its various functions, the Department has developed a system of standing committees.  Members of the Applied Psychology Center (APC) Advisory Committee and the Faculty Advisory Committee (FAC) are elected by the Faculty at the end of the Spring semester.  These members serve a one-year term.

All Faculty members, with the exception of the Chair and Associate Chair, are expected to have a minimum of one service assignment annually on a rotating basis. Typically these services assignments include: Graduate Coordinating Committee, Undergraduate Coordinating Committee, Psyche, Colloquium, Library, IRB. Only those Faculty who have Professional Improvement Leaves during a given academic year are excused from service on an area committee.

  1. Faculty Advisory Committee (FAC)

    The CBA specifies the functions of the FAC.  The FAC is representative of the Faculty and provides advice to the Chair on all matters deemed significant by it or the Chair in the Department.

    The Faculty Advisory Committee (FAC) of the Department shall consist of six elected Faculty members.  There are three major Faculty areas to be represented:  Psychological Science, Clinical Psychological Science, and regional campus.  At a minimum, two members of the committee must be from the Psychological Science Faculty, two from the Clinical Psychological Science Faculty, and one from the Regional Campus Faculty.  The Associate Chair is an ex officio, non-voting member of the FAC.  The FAC elects one (1) member to act as the Department representative to the College Advisory Committee (hereinafter “CAC”). 

    The nomination and election procedures for the FAC are specified in Appendix 1

  2. Student Academic Complaint Committee

    The FAC, along with at least one student appointed by the FAC, serves as the Student Academic Complaint Committee (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 other-wise be involved with a student complaint, the FAC will select a replacement from the full-time Faculty.  If the Chair of the SACC is the subject of or may otherwise be involved with a student complaint, the Chair will appoint a member of the Student Academic Complaint Committee to chair the committee and the FAC will appoint an additional member to the committee from the full-time Faculty.

  3. Graduate Coordinating Committee (GCC)

    This committee consists of the Graduate Coordinator, Director of Clinical Psychological Science Training, Director of Psychological Science Training, Admissions Coordinator, two other Faculty members (one from the Clinical Psychological Science Faculty and one from the Psychological Science Faculty), and one staff member.  The committee is chaired by the Graduate Coordinator, who serves as the Departmental representative to the Arts and Sciences Graduate Council.  The GCC advises the Chair concerning all aspects of the graduate training programs.

  4. Ad Hoc Reappointment, Tenure and Promotion (RTP) Committee

    This committee consists of Faculty who hold the rank of Professor and tenured members of the FAC in the Department.  The policies and procedures which govern the Department’s RTP Committee are included in University Policy.  Procedural and operational guidelines for this committee are provided annually by the Office of the Provost.  This committee reviews materials relevant to the professional performance of Faculty who are candidates for reappointment, tenure, or promotion in rank, and make recommendations to the Chair on each of these personnel decisions.

  5. Undergraduate Coordinating Committee

    This committee is responsible for all aspects of the undergraduate program in psychology.  It is chaired by the Under-graduate Coordinator.  It is composed of four to six Kent Campus Faculty members, and ordinarily includes FTNTT instructional faculty, one Regional Campus Faculty member and an Academic Advisor.

  6. Clinical Psychological Science Training Committee

    This committee consists of the all Clinical Psychological Science Faculty members.  This committee is chaired by the Director of Clinical Psychological Science Training and recommends policies and for the graduate students majoring in Clinical Psychological Science.  This committee is responsible for monitoring the academic and professional progress of graduate students in Clinical Psychological Science, recommending continuation in the program to the entire graduate Faculty, and developing graduate curriculum in the Clinical Psychological Science area.  Graduate students in Clinical Psychological Science have representatives on this committee.

  7. Psychological Science Training Committee

    This committee consists of all Psychological Science Faculty members.  The committee is chaired by the Director of Psychological Science Training and recommends policies for the training of graduate students in Psychological Science psychology.  This committee is responsible for monitoring the academic progress of graduate students in Psychological Science psychology, recommending continuation in the program to the entire graduate faculty, and developing graduate curriculum in the Psychological Science area.  Psychological Science graduate students have representatives on this committee.

  8. Applied Psychology Center (APC) Faculty Advisory Committee

    The APC Faculty Advisory Committee is representative of the tenure track Faculty and provides advice to the Director of the APC on all matters deemed significant by it, the Director, or the Chair.  There shall be five Faculty members on the APC Faculty Advisory Committee.  The nomination and election procedures for the APC Faculty Advisory Committee are specified in the departmental Operating Procedures Manual.

  9. Forming Faculty Search Committees

    The Chair appoints members of faculty search committees after consulting with the Faculty Advisory Committee.  Typically, a search committee will be chaired by a Faculty member in the content area in which the search is focused.  The Faculty vote is advisory to the Chair of the Department who must ultimately recommend a candidate to the Dean of the College.

  10. Other Departmental Committees

    When events make it necessary and/or when so advised by the FAC and with their consultation regarding membership, the Chair may create ad hoc committees to accomplish specific tasks.  The Chair, when making appointments to Department 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. Unless University policy or procedures dictate otherwise, the chairpersons of such committees are appointed by the Chair after consultation with the FAC.  Such ad hoc committees are usually formed for a limited time and cease to function after the specific task has been accomplished.