Responsibilities of the Chair
Role of the Department Chair
- Recruiting and evaluating new tenure-track faculty members
- Recruiting and evaluating "per-course" faculty (as needed)
- Mediation of disagreements within department
- Mandatory reporter for Title IX issues "to take immediate and effective steps to end sexual harassment"
- Developing department's course schedule
- Budget planning
- Dealing with student complaints
Different types of departments have different department demands and approaches:
- Department meetings: It's generally a good idea to schedule weekly department meetings. If there is no business, it's easier to cancel than find common times later in the term.
- Determine methods of communication and document sharing: Emails? I:drive folders or GDrive folders for department meeting agendas and other shared documentation.
- Generally the chair is a tenured member of the department and serves for three years.
Assistant or associate chair? There may be value in dividing up responsibilities in some departments and designating a "second-in-command." This individual could be in charge of a specific task, such as scheduling or working with adjunct faculty. Having an assistant chair may also provide a means of preparing a departmental member to be the next chair.
When do you call the provost?
- if there is potential or threat to student, staff or faculty member
- if there is a potential legal issue
- if the department is going to exceed their budget
- to mediate a departmental disagreement
- Departments in Hickok Hall, Dows, Peterson and Stuart Hall
- Beth Valenta: Hickok Hall 101A, 319.399.8523
- Music Department:
- vacant after 8.31.22: Marquis Hall 103, 319.399.8521
- Education Department:
- Betsy Kigin: Stuart Hall 409A, 319.399.8575