CLASS College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
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WELCOME TO THE COLLEGE OF LIBERAL ARTS & SOCIAL SCIENCES

Welcome to the pages of the College of Liberal Arts & Social Sciences (CLASS) website.

CLASS consists of nine academic departments and 7 interdisciplinary programs, offering 20 majors. Our majors prepare students for careers in the humanities and social sciences or in many cases for admittance to graduate and professional programs.

The College of Liberal Arts & Social Sciences provides a small liberal arts college experience within the larger University. It offers the faculty involvement and attention of smaller universities and colleges with the advantage of greater breadth of faculty expertise and research and the amenities of a larger campus. At the same time our students have advantages over much larger universities in that they receive close mentoring from full-time faculty and have the opportunities that only graduate students at larger universities have.

Students trained in the humanities and social sciences are in demand by today’s employers who seek graduates with superior communication, problem solving and knowledge integration skills. The ability to gather and evaluation information use it find solutions to problems and then communicate the finding to others, are the very skills that define the liberal arts major. While the career options for our majors are not as obvious as students who choose more “applied” majors, be assured that the options are plentiful and varied.

In addition to its traditional majors in the humanities and social sciences, CLASS offers a Bachelor of General Studies degree (BGS). This degree makes it possible for returning students and those who have already completed many hours to use their completed coursework to finish a degree. Our BGS coordinator works closely with these students to help them to degree completion in the most efficient way possible.

CLASS impacts not only students who major in its disciplines but all YSU students through its General Education courses including composition, humanities and social sciences offerings As such, the broad based education of all YSU students is our concern.

You can find out more about our departments and programs by clicking on the specific links.

Jane Kestner, Ph.D.

For faculty

New faculty promotion guidelines were approved at the Spring 2014 DAC meeting.  These guidelines apply to faculty who began employment Fall 2014 or later.

College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences

Promotion Policy

April 2014

 

[The following document was approved by the CLASS Dean’s Advisory Council on 15 April 2015.  It is intended that this document be consistent with the YSU-OEA Collective Bargaining Agreement.  The Collective Bargaining Agreement takes precedence over this document and, should any inconsistencies between the two be accurately identified, the CLASS DAC would revise its Promotion Policy in an appropriate manner.]

 

The College Promotions Committee shall examine candidates’ records in teaching, service and scholarship and classify candidates in the following groups:

 

Highly Recommended

exceeds expectations in two areas and meets expectations in the third

Recommended

meets expectations in all three areas

Recommended with Reservations

meets expectations in two areas and approaches expectations in the third

Not Recommended

approaches or fails to meet expectations in two or three areas

 

Candidates for Early Promotion will be recommended for promotion only if they are classified in the Highly Recommended group.

 

The Committee shall provide a written explanation of its decision to place candidates in the “Recommended with Reservations” or the “Not Recommended” groups. 

 

The Committee’s recommendation shall be based on an examination of the following:

 

I.    TEACHING

     

      A.   A written statement by the candidate describing:

 

            1)   Teaching experiences including but not limited to discussion of successes and challenges and how challenges were met [mandatory];

            2)   The kinds of courses taught (e.g., GER, advanced undergraduate, graduate);

            3)   Contributions to assessment (major and/or general education) as appropriate;

            4)   Supervisory activities (e.g., part-timers, graduate TAs, M.A. theses, independent study, student research, service learning).

 

      B.   An Appendix to the written statement including:

 

            1)   Syllabi from a variety of (but not all) courses taught [mandatory];

            2)   A selection of tests and assignments with indications of grading criteria from a variety (but not all) courses taught [mandatory];

            3)   Examples of graded written work (e.g., essay exam responses, term/research papers) [mandatory];

            4)   Documents related to assessment processes.

 

      C.   Supporting materials provided by the candidate, including but not limited to:

 

            1)   Evidence of conferences and workshops on teacher development which the candidate has attended with an indication of how ideas presented at workshops or conferences have been or will be implemented in courses taught by the candidate;

            2)   Evidence of conference presentations and workshops which resulted from courses taught by the candidate;

            3)   Supporting letters from alumni;

            4)   Additional activities identified in the Collective Bargaining Agreement;

            5)   Additional materials deemed relevant by the candidate.

 

      D.  Additional materials to be considered:

 

            1)   Relevant material in the candidate’s personnel file;

            2)   The recommendation of the Departmental Promotions Committee and the Department Chair and letters from the Chair and from any members of the DPC who choose to supply them.

 

Also, in order to receive the Committee’s recommendation for promotion, the candidate must have received responses of “strongly agree” or “agree” on question 15 of the Student Evaluation of Teaching and Learning forms from at least 75% of the students responding; responses will be counted from the last six years or since the candidate was last promoted, whichever represents the shorter time period.

 

 

II.   SERVICE

     

      A.   A written statement by the candidate listing and describing service activities in as many of the following categories as applicable.:

 

            1)   Service to the Department (e.g., work on sub-committees, ad hoc committees, special projects, advising students, mentoring, etc.);

            2)   Service to the College and/or University (e.g., work on standing committees, ad hoc committees, special projects, etc.);

            3)   Service to the Association (e.g., work as an officer or on standing committees, ad hoc committees, special projects, etc.);

            4)   Service to the community (i.e., local, state, national, international);

            5)   Service to the discipline, including, but not limited to:

                  a)    Serving as an officer in a professional organization;

                  b)   Participation in planning and conducting a professional conference;

                  c)    Chairing a panel at a professional conference;

                  d)   Reviewing textbooks;

                  e)    Writing book reviews or discipline-related articles for non-scholarly venues;

                  f)    Serving as a referee for a scholarly journal;

                  g)   Other discipline-related service.

 

III.  SCHOLARSHIP

 

It is to be noted that there is a difference between activities which will contribute to promotion to Associate Professor and those required for promotion to Full Professor.

 

It is the candidate’s responsibility to provide evidence of the relative quality of the venues in which each work appears.

 

In a case in which expectations  for promotion stated in a codicil appended to an employment contract are more rigorous than those set forth below, the expectations from the codicil shall take precedence.

 

     

      A.   Assistant to Associate:  Sustained regular growth and progress in one’s discipline as documented by:

 

            1)   Peer-reviewed publication in scholarly journals and/or creative works appearing in venues appropriate to the candidate’s discipline;

            2)   A book (or a chapter in an edited book) written by the candidate and published by a reputable press;

            3)   Less conventional products of work appropriate to one’s discipline;

            4)   Applied products of work appropriate to one’s discipline;

            5)   Less robust activities that may be weighed with evidence described above, such as:

                  a)    Book reviews or encyclopedia entries;

                  b)   Editing of journals or collections of essays;

                  c)    Letters of acceptance or contracts for works in progress;

                  d)   Grant applications (for grants received or pending);

                  e)    Conference presentations;

                  f)    Appropriate discipline-related writings or publications for scholarly venues;

                  g)   Textbooks.

            6)   Additional activities deemed relevant by the candidate.

 

      B.   Associate to Full:  Sustained regular growth and progress in one’s discipline as documented by:

 

            1)   Essential elements:

                  a)    Peer-reviewed publication in scholarly journals and/or creative works appearing in venues appropriate to the candidate’s discipline;

                                    AND/OR

                  b)   A book (or a chapter in an edited book) written by the candidate and published by a reputable press;

            2)   Additional elements (these may supplement, but will not by themselves make the case for promotion):

                  a)    Less conventional products of work appropriate to one’s discipline;

                  b)   Applied products of work appropriate to one’s discipline;

                  c)    Book reviews or encyclopedia entries;

                  d)   Editing of journals or collections of essays;

                  e)    Letters of acceptance or contracts for works in progress;

                  f)    Grant applications (for grants received or pending);

                  g)   Conference presentations;

                  h)   Appropriate discipline-related writings or publications for scholarly venues;

                  i)    Textbooks.

            3)   Additional activities deemed relevant by the candidate.

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