The Academic Department Heads are appointed by the President, usually for three-year terms. All matters related to the course offerings, the policies, and the welfare of the department are under the direction of the Department Head.
The Department Head makes recommendations to the Provost and the President concerning remuneration and terms of appointment for members of the department staff. He/She is responsible for preparing an annual budget in consultation with other members of the department. The budget is submitted to the Provost for consideration in preparation of the College budget. The Department Head is also responsible for the authorization of expenditures from budgeted departmental funds.
The Program Chairs are appointed by the Provost, usually for three-year terms, after considering recommendations from members of the relevant advisory committee. With the advice of the advisory committee, the Chair is responsible for all matters related to the course offerings, the policies, and the welfare of the program including remuneration and terms of appointment for interdisciplinary members of the program; the preparation of an annual budget; and the authorization of expenditures from budgeted funds.
Prior to the appointment or reappointment of a Department Head or Program Chair, the Provost asks each member of the department to name the person he/she considers best qualified to serve as Head, not excluding himself/herself, and to give reasons for the choice. The information so gathered is considered by the Promotion, Tenure, and Review Committee in making recommendations to the President.
The Conveners are appointed by the Provost for each of the academic divisions. The Director of the Engineering Division serves as the Convener for the engineering division. The Conveners serve as the agenda committee for Department Head meetings and as a consultative group for the Provost. The Conveners may call a meeting of their division at the request of the Provost, at their discretion, or at the request of two or more Department Heads within the division.
The Department Head’s responsibilities fall into two broad areas. The first is functional and is best summarized by a list of responsibilities, highlighted below. The second is the manner in which the Department Head carries out his/her responsibilities; such characteristics are summarized under “Leadership Qualities.”
The functional responsibilities listed below summarize the major activities of the Department Head. For convenience, these responsibilities are divided into four categories: management, staff, program and students, and budget and resources.
Program and Students
Budget and Resources
Interpersonal skills and management talent determine whether a Department Head is an effective leader. The following qualities are intended to be suggestive of effective leadership:
Rev. 9/97, 8/99, 8/08, 7/15