Department chairs are responsible for the recruitment, supervision, evaluation, and development, of associate (adjuncts) and full-time faculty assigned to their departments.
A significant amount of instruction is in the hands of part-time faculty and these persons may not have as ready access to the routine communications common among their full-time colleagues. Chairs should make a special point of ensuring that part-time faculty feel welcome, valued, and are kept in the information "loop.” It is also essential that associate faculty are made familiar with departmental and institutional practices (all part-time faculty should be referred to the Faculty Guide to Academic Practices and Policies which can be accessed at http://www.brockport.edu/acadaff/facguide/ . Associate faculty often serve several different institutions and differences in rules and policies among colleges, make it necessary that associate faculty are given a review of the basic policies related to the conduct of classes and common student issues (e.g., adding, dropping, withdrawing; dealing with student behavior issues; office hours; use of ANGEL).
The chair is responsible for seeing that all departmental courses are properly staffed. When existing faculty are not available (e.g., through retirement, sabbaticals, medical leave, administrative release time) to meet the department's needs, the chair must coordinate recruitment for part-time (associate) and full-time (tenure-track or QAR) faculty to provide the necessary course coverage. To be consistent with the department's long-term planning objectives and the desired academic quality, recruitment should focus on faculty whose expertise, commitment, and educational philosophy are consistent with those objectives. Chairs must determine that any associate (adjunct) faculty to be hired are appropriately qualified for their instructional assignments.
The chair functions as supervisor to all faculty (full-time and associate) and staff assigned to his/her department. In this capacity, it is the chair's responsibility to ensure that faculty meet contractual obligations in all areas of performance. In regard to the responsibilities associated with the supervisory role of the chair, the chair should ensure that --
The chair is responsible for ensuring effective evaluation of individual faculty performance in the areas of teaching, scholarship, and service. This responsibility includes --