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Chairs and Directors

Roles and Responsibilities





Key communication link between faculty and Dean and other upper administration. Faculty Mentor. External Constituencies. Internal Constituencies. Modeling.

Financial Issues

Managing the budget. Overseeing expenditures. Maintaining accurate records. Ensuring sound fiscal policies and procedures. Forecasting.

Faculty Issues

Promoting excellence in teaching, scholarship, and service. Managing faculty matters including professional development, recruitment and evaluation. Faculty mentoring, retention. Working with Dean's Office for tenure and promotion. Faculty improvement leave and other types of leave. Space planning. Salary increases, merit, and other types of compensation. Team building. Facilitating group processes.


Strategic Planning for units and department. Developing a vision that supports the goals of the unit, department, College, and University. Shared governance and culture. Fund Raising. Outreach to business, industry, local high schools. Leading change. Directing operations, including short and long term planning.

Legal Issues

FERPA. Sexual Harrassment, discrimination. Inclusion and Diversity. Sunshine Laws. HIPAA. FMLA. personal leave. faculty improvement leave. sabbatical.

Personal PD

Systems thinking. Conflict Management. Leadership theories. Negotiation. Mediation. Effiective communication, conveying clear expectations. Time management and prioritization. Effective meeting planning, leading productive meetings. Reflective Practice. Emotional Intelligence. Recognizing and rewarding exceptional efforts regularly.

Administrative Processes

Coordinating an effective curriculm and scheduling classes. Monitoring student affairs including advising and GA training. Generating reports like annual reports and data requests. Being aware of and understanding Univeristy policies and procedures. Facilities and equipment management. Data-driven decision making. Reviewing and renewing programs. Managing department/division staff, including PD and performance evaluation.


American Council on Education (ACE). American Association of University Professors (AAUP). The Chronicle of Higher Education. Article: Understanding the Training Needs of Department Chairs; Studies in Higher Education, Volume 30, Number 5: October 2005. Article: Jenkins, Rob (2009). What New Department Chairs Need to Know, Chronicle of Higher Education. Article: Department Chair Call for Leadership, Parts I and II.