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Dean of the School, Chair of the Department, Director or Coordinator of the Interdisciplinary Program

  1. If selected as a result of a national search, department chairs and the Dean of the School of Music are appointed by the President following the usual faculty search procedures; the term of these appointments will be stipulated at the time of the appointment, after consultation with the members of the department or the school. Renewal may follow the consultation process described for internal appointment. If selected as a result of an internal search, department chairs and the Dean of the School of Music are appointed by the President upon the recommendation of the Vice President of Academic Affairs and the Committee on Faculty after consultation with the members of the department or school; the term of these appointments is three years with the possibility of renewal. Ordinarily, no more than two consecutive terms will be served by a department chair.

    Heads of Interdisciplinary, Honors, and Competency Programs are appointed by the Vice President for Academic Affairs. For more details about selection and term length, see the description of these positions in Section B above. (Interdisciplinary, Honors and Competency Programs: Director or Coordinator).

    A dean, chair, coordinator or director may receive a stipend or carry a reduced teaching load according to an established schedule. If there are co-dean or co-chairs, associate deans or associate chairs, similar arrangements shall be followed.

  2. Deans, chairs and program directors are expected to be leaders within the University at large through consultation with the Administration and committees. They meet as a body monthly during the academic year to discuss mutual concerns and share expertise. They may select officers, organize committees, conduct workshops, etc., to expedite their work.

  3. Deans, chairs, directors, and coordinators lead curriculum planning within the school, department, or program. Deans and chairs chair the Personnel Committee; directors and coordinators have no such responsibility. Deans, chairs, directors, and coordinators prepare and administer the school, department, or program budget. In these areas, they should lead, but also consult others in the school, department, or program and involve them in the decision-making process. They are responsible for maintaining good morale within the school, department or program and for encouraging excellence in teaching and other professional activities.

  4. Deans, chairs, directors, and coordinators link the school, department, or program and other University constituencies, serving as spokespersons for the school, department, or program's interests, but also interpreting for their discipline the larger needs and goals of the University.

  5. Deans or chairs serve as mentors to the members of the school or department, particularly the newer members, informing them of development opportunities, facilitating peer teacher observations, communicating University and departmental expectations, and helping faculty members to meet those expectations.

  6. Responsibilities of deans and chairs in the personnel process are described in Articles II and IV of the Personnel Policies section of the Academic Handbook.