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FLSA Designation
Date Issued: 2009-07-31
Provost's Office
Title: Department Chair
Function and Responsibility
Under general supervision of and directly accountable to the Dean, each department will be led by a Department Chair who will normally have a 9 month faculty appointment and will remain part of the bargaining unit. The Department Chair, 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 Department office within a College of the University. The Department Chair will guide curricular revision and programmatic assessment, foster and encourage strong scholarship, oversee personnel matters such as making recommendations concerning personnel issues to the Dean of the College, manage the unit’s budget, and foster collaborative relationships with other departments within the College and the University. The Chair will serve as a liaison between faculty and the Dean. The Department Chair is entitled to three (3) hours of release time per fall and spring semesters.
Duties and Responsibilities
Institutional: Serve on 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; faculty performance; make retention, promotion, and tenure recommendations; promote professional development for faculty and staff. While the Dean is the primary evaluator for the faculty of the College, the Chair is responsible for collecting and providing feedback regarding renewal, tenure, and promotion decisions.

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 Department budget and payroll.

Teaching: Eligible to teach the same number of hours as a regular faculty member, but will receive three (3) hours release time during fall and spring semesters.

Stipend: Will receive a stipend of $2500 for fall semester; $2500 for spring semester; $1000 for summer.

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.

Academic Units submit an annual report of their activities to the Dean at the end of each academic year citing accomplishments individual and programmatic with respect to teaching, scholarship, and service. There should be discussion of how those accomplishments relate to the mission and vision of the University. In addition, the report should list a small number of broad department goals for the next academic year as well as to assess the goals from the previous academic year.

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 and service activities.
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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