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Role of the Department Chair

According to Policy 111.2, "Role of the Academic Department Chair," the department Chair is appointed by the Dean of the Faculty for a three-year term and is responsible to the Dean for the effective operation of the department. The policy further states that the position of the Chair is designed to facilitate the teaching of the discipline to students in the most effective manner possible utilizing the competence and the abilities of the staff and the facilities available. The Chair’s responsibilities are understood to encompass the department’s entire operation whether some duties are delegated or not.

The areas of responsibility, in addition to teaching duties, include...
  1. supervision of personnel - faculty, staff and students
  2. oversight of programs - internal and external, 
  3. control of facilities and
  4. budget planning and control.
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