Office for Faculty Advancement

Department Chair Resources- Functions & Roles

This page is a summary from GR VII explaining the roles and responsibilities as demarcated by the title of Chair and Director.

 

Definitions

The chief administrative officer of:

 

The Department Chair:

In connection with the above major administrative functions, the chair shall seek the advice of members of the department, individually or as a group, or of advisory committees that the chair may appoint. Staff employees shall be consulted, when appropriate, by the chair, in the development of administrative policies and on decisions that directly affect staff employees.

The chair shall speak for the department. In the event that the chair believes it necessary to depart from the opinion of the department faculty, the chair shall communicate the department faculty's opinion as well as the chair's recommendation, stating reasons for differing from the department faculty's opinion, and notify the department faculty of such action.

 

The Director of a School:

In addition to the roles and responsibilities described above, the director of a school without departments shall have any other roles and responsibilities which are delegated to a department chair as set forth in Part VII.B.5. Staff employees shall be consulted by the school director (or associate director), when appropriate, in the development of administrative policies and decisions that directly affect staff employees.

The director shall speak for the school. In the event that the director believes it necessary to depart from the recommendations of the school faculty, the director shall communicate the school faculty's recommendation as well as the director's recommendation, stating reasons for differing from the school faculty’s opinion, and notify the school faculty of such action.

 

The Director of a Multidisciplinary Research Center & Institute:


In connection with the above major administrative functions, the director shall seek the advice of the faculty members of the center or institute, individually or as a group, or of advisory committees that may be appointed by the director of the center or institute or by the administrator to whom the center or institute is administratively responsible. The director shall speak for the center or institute and be an ex officio member of all of its committees and shall transmit the recommendations of the consulted faculty along with the director’s recommendation, if these recommendations are different. Staff employees shall be consulted, when appropriate, by the director, in the development of administrative policies and on decisions that directly affect staff employees.

 

The Director/Chair of an Interdisciplinary Instructional Program:

shall rely upon, for these administrative purposes, the advice of a committee drawn from faculty members participating in the courses composing the curriculum and shall transmit the recommendations of the consulted faculty along with the director/chair’s recommendation, if these recommendations are different. Staff employees shall be consulted by the director/chair, when appropriate, in the development of administrative policies and on decisions that directly affect staff employees.

 

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