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FLSA Designation
Date Issued: 2008-07-01
Vice President of Academic Affairs
Title: School/Department/Division Head
Function and Responsibility
Under general supervision of and directly accountable to the Dean, each department, school, or division will be led by a Department (School, Division) Head (hereafter, “Department Head”) who will normally have a 12 month administrative appointment. The Department Head, reporting to the Dean, will be responsible for leadership, management and administration of the academic programs, growth in size and stature of the individual programs in the academic unit, and management of the School/Department/Division office within a College of the University. The Department Head will guide curricular revision and programmatic assessment, foster and encourage strong scholarship, oversee all personnel matters, including annual review of faculty, manage the unit’s budget, foster collaborative relationships with other departments within the College and the University and serve as a liaison between faculty and administration. The Department Head will also be expected to teach at least one course per semester (but no more than 12 credit hours per year).
Duties and Responsibilities
Institutional: Serve on Academic Council and other committees as appointed; participate in the development of academic and university policies.

Curriculum and instruction: Provide leadership in planning and coordinating academic programs which include assessment, evaluation, development and revision of courses and curricula. Lead accreditation efforts where and when appropriate.

Faculty and staff: Recruit, interview and recommend prospective faculty and staff; schedule and assign teaching and other school responsibilities to faculty; evaluate faculty performance; make retention, promotion, and tenure recommendations; administer the collective bargaining agreements, university procedures and work rules; supervise staff; promote professional development for faculty and staff.

Students: Recruit, advise and counsel students; mediate problems between students and faculty.

Liaison: Develop, coordinate and maintain relationships with internal and external constituencies.

Budget and payroll: Prepare, recommend and administer the Unit budget and payroll.

Teaching: Teach course at least one course per semester (but no more than 12 contract hours per year).

Planning: Provide leadership in the development and implementation of strategic planning for the Unit to ensure:

1. Academic Units are accountable for the utilization of resources and improvement of annual output, qualitatively and/or quantitatively. This includes the development and implementation of an assessment plan, operating budget, and accreditation activities.

2. Academic Units are actively involved in developing appropriate scholarly and applied research activities to provide stimulating professional development for the faculty and to enhance the education of students.

3. Academic programs are current and relevant to the needs of society and industry. Graduates will have the problem solving and communication skills necessary to enter careers or graduate education.

4. Academic programs have effective and supportive advisory committees that provide valuable guidance for strengthening the curriculum and excellent support for the development of laboratories and sponsorship for applied research activities.

5. Academic Units interact with faculty in other departments and colleges in instructional and applied research activities.

6. Academic Units foster the inclusion of undergraduate and graduate students to assist in instructional and applied research activities.

7. Academic Units submit an annual report of their activities at the end of each academic year. The report will be data based and shall conclude with responses to questions on broad issues that form an important part of the unit evaluation.
a. In what ways does your unit support both the University’s and your college’s/school’s mission and vision statements?
b. In what ways does your unit intersect with the University’s current strategic planning statement?
c. In what ways does your unit promote a positive image of LSSU beyond the University (locally, regionally, nationally)?
d. In what ways does your unit contribute to interdisciplinary education and/or research?
e. In what ways does your unit integrate its undergraduate program(s), graduate program(s) (if applicable), research, and scholarly activities?
f. In what ways does your unit manage the sometimes-competing needs for resources generated by graduate and undergraduate programs?
g. In what ways does your unit demonstrate leadership in the growth of your discipline?

Perform related duties as assigned.
Earned doctorate preferred; master’s degree required; five to eight years related professional experience; demonstrated leadership qualities; administrative and teaching experience; demonstrated record of scholarly activities to include publication and fund raising.
Physical and Mental Demands
Adequate physical fitness to be able to sit and concentrate for long periods of time; use of gross motor skills to perform supervisory and organizational duties; use of fine motor skills to operate computer; problem solving ability; ability to understand and work with numbers; ability to see, hear, and speak with or without the use of aids to perform normal office tasks. Ability to occasionally lift up to 25 pounds.
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