The department chairperson serves in two roles. On one hand s/he is an academic administrator; on the other, a regular faculty member engaged in teaching and scholarship. This is a challenging situation, as the department chair must balance responsibilities to students, faculty, and the institution. The department chair's leadership role may be equally confusing. Chairs are expected by their faculty to lead the department in its growth and development, while serving the department members' needs and wishes. They are regarded by the institution as collaborative members of its leadership team, with the responsibility of helping implement institutional objectives.
The chairperson's responsibilities go hand in hand with the authority necessary for carrying out these responsibilities. For example, department chairs --
In short, both the responsibility and authority of department chairs extends to all departmental issues regarding resources and personnel. This handbook is intended as a guide for dealing with these issues, providing descriptions of, and insights into, the responsibilities and authority vested in the position of department chair.
Chairs are responsible for the daily operations of their department, its academic programs, the management of its resources, and the supervision of its personnel. The chair also serves as role model, department spokesperson, and representative of the department in its dealings with the dean and other College administrators. The responsibilities of the department chair fall roughly into the following areas of activity: (1) Leadership, (2) Academic Planning, (3) Record Keeping, (4) Communication Reporting and Outreach(5) Personnel, (6) Students, (7) Budget, and (8) Space and Equipment.Assessment and Accreditation