The faculty is organized into academic departments that represent the principal components of the curriculum. Each department groups together those persons who are appointed to teach, to do research, and to give advice and counsel in designated academic disciplines.
Excepting only interdisciplinary appointments, each member of the faculty is a member of a department. Any proposed alteration in the department structure may be referred to the faculty meeting after consideration by the affected departments and divisions.
The responsibilities of the departments are: to ensure that courses are taught, students are evaluated, and high standards are maintained; to make recommendations for improvement in the curriculum or facilities; to promote research and scholarly development in the subject area; to represent the subject area in the intellectual life of the College outside of the classroom; to promote, together with the President and the Provost, the recruitment and retention of faculty members; to advise the Vice President for Library and Information Services on research-materials acquisition; to advise majors on curriculum; to prepare budgets; and to perform routine program administration (e.g., ordering texts and supplies, turning in grades).
Each department has a chair or an acting chair in residence. The chair is appointed by the President on
Departmental chairs supervise the administration of departmental responsibilities and act in accord with
3.4.1 Procedure for the Establishment (or Reestablishment) of Curricular Programs (01/28/2019)
This policy sets forth the procedures for the creation and approval of new curricular programs—majors, minors, or concentrations—at Kenyon College. The establishment of a new curricular program might arise from faculty recognition of an important emerging field; as a well-considered response to student or prospective student interest, or possibly from a presidential or trustee initiative to take advantage of new resources now available to address a pre-existing need. In all cases, the following procedures should be followed.
3.4.2 Procedure for the Decommissioning of Curricular Programs (01/28/2019)
This policy sets forth procedures in the eventual occurrence of circumstances that call for the decommissioning of curricular programs—majors, minors, or concentrations—at Kenyon College. The need for programmatic suspension might arise from resource constraints, sustained low enrollment within the program, non-viable staffing, or curricular evolution. In any case that it is determined that an academic program may need to be decommissioned, the following procedures should be followed. For the case of financial hardship, see Section 2.3.15.
The review for the decommissioning of a program may take up to one year, and the actions needed to complete the process may take up to two academic years. For the suspension of a minor in an established department, the process may be streamlined. In addition, if there are students who are still enrolled in the department or program, provisions should be made to allow them to complete their academic work. Students should be advised of the possibility that the program may be decommissioned. No student may declare a major, minor, or concentration in the program during this review process.