Summary of Committee views:
1. Department chairs should maintain their status
as faculty members; they should not
2. The college needs to provide significant
training for both incoming and ongoing
Selecting the Department Chair
We suggest standard four year terms, with the possibility of two year continuation terms. The length of service for any one chair should be determined by the AVP, appropriate dean, the chair, and the department.
All department chairs should be at the Associate Professor level or higher. We would prefer that chairs be either Professionalized or Tenured.
Deans and chairs should have ongoing conversations, so that, unless the chair is being removed, both should know well in advance when the search for a new chair will begin. The search for a new chair should begin in as quickly as possible, so that the new chair will have time to adjust to the new position.
2. Candidates who wish to be considered for the job should submit their
to the chair and discuss the position with the chair.
4. The dean and chair meet individually with each candidate on the list.
5. The chair and dean meet, together, with department members. These
meetings may be individually or in small groups.
6. The dean and chair again meet to discuss the candidate list.
7. The dean recommends a candidate to the AVP.
*This process would be modified in the case of the
removal of the department chair.
Duties of Department Chairs
Department Chairs represent the department at a variety of college wide activities:
building use discussions;
Divisional Department Chair meetings;
campus sponsored contests, conferences, and workshops;
Ad Hoc committees;
act as liaison with professional organizations appropriate for the department;
Koury Center Advisory Board.
Department Chairs coordinate a number of administrative needs within
the department: Scheduling; Budget; Personnel Searches; Evaluation; Faculty
Support; and Curriculum Development.
propose teaching assignments which account for varying teaching loads,
from the AVP and dean, limited classroom space, registration needs of students,
individual faculty needs.
scheduling classroom space.
handling course conflicts between departments.
balance the departmental general studies offerings with general studies offering
across the campus.
propose and revise schedule according to proposed timeline.
propose, revise, and administer the budget.
keep inventory of departmental materials.
order appropriate equipment and supplies.
keep faculty informed of the state of the budget
Full time, permanent hires
assemble search committee and chair
serve on all search committees
initiate requests for positions
actively present search committees choice to the dean
handle reference calls
oversee the search for a new chair
continually communicate with and recruit possible adjunct faculty
interview potential adjunct faculty
conduct the hiring process
handle student complaints regarding adjunct faculty
write letters of recommendation, as needed, for adjunct faculty
conduct annual review of faculty
mentor both senior and junior faculty
deal with the negative effects of negative evaluations
read all Unit Is
complete Unit IIIs
write letters of recommendation for faculty
encourage R&D proposals, and write letters supporting these
foster faculty initiative
assure that faculty have what they need to work effectively and well
spend time with faculty
promptly sign travel forms, reimbursements, etc.
New Faculty Support
act as a mentor to new faculty
consult with new faculty, helping them adjust to their new position
revise catalog to reflect current curriculum
establish a predictable basis for offering course that rotate
shepherd new courses and revisit old ones
inspire faculty to develop new courses and improve curriculum
maintain contact with appropriate departments about curriculum changes
meet regularly with Dean
be available on a daily basis in the office
handle day-to-day emergencies
sign drop and add forms, change of grade forms, etc.
evaluate transcripts of new and transferring students
coordinate departmental scholarships
formulating and overseeing departmental initiatives
schedule and conduct departmental meetings
appoint departmental committees
complete departmental annual report
compile graduate school information and communicate to majors
coordinate Assessment Day activities
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